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Can any one say the reason for this?

Suresh S [PersonRank 10]

Thursday, March 8, 2007
12 years ago2,439 views

An Indian discovered that nobody can create a FOLDER anywhere on the computer, Which can be named as “CON”? This is something pretty cool...and unbelievable.

At Microsoft the whole Team, couldn't answer why this was happened!
As so, inform about this to all your friends. TRY IT NOW; IT WILL NOT CREATE “CON” FOLDER.
Try To rename the New Folder as CON or con it will not accept...

John Honeck [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

This isn't exactly new news, been around the web for quite a while now.

Eytan Buchman [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I don't want to be a fanboy....but I can make a folder named con simply....in Linux.

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

This is for historical reasons (from the DOS era):
msdn.microsoft.com/library/def ...

John Honeck [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Ionut Alex. Chitu, thanks for clearing that up.

I was going to ask if anyone has seen that new hamsterdance site yet but thought I'd wait to cash my check from Bill Gates for sending emails.

Reto Meier [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

Just adding to Ionut's link, CON is the DOS reserved name for 'console'. If you go to the command prompt you can type things like:

'copy con testfile.txt' (copy from console to testfile.txt)

Then anything you type will get outputted to testfile.txt when you exit the console mode by pressing ctrl+z.

Back 'in the days before time began' that's how we created simple text files...

Ionut Alex. Chitu [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

I remember that 'edit' also worked very well.

Juha-Matti Laurio [PersonRank 10]

12 years ago #

In fact, if people don't know these facts related to reserved names they are not real geeks... ;-) ;-)

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