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    Default Special charaters in file names do they still make problems?

    Hi,
    i noticed that when choosing a different language than gnglish, for example german, during the installation, the whole system/KDE is setup in german by default. This includes home folders like "Documents" -> "Dokumente", "Public" -> "Öffentlich", and so on. But iam a bit worried about the last one, the german version of the public directory has a special character in it: "Ö"

    Is not the public directory used for sharing files on the network or maybe mounting public network shares to? I am a bit worried that the special character could cause problems in some way, or is not that a problem nowadays?
    I assume that more basic stuff like mounting or sharing over network should be avoided on such files right?

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    Default Re: Special charaters in file names do they still make problems?

    With all modern operating systems supporting UTF-8, not really.

    For example here is Windows 8.1 browsing a Samba share on a Linux server:



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    Default Re: Special charaters in file names do they still make problems?

    Quote Originally Posted by sabo007 View Post
    Is not the public directory used for sharing files on the network or maybe mounting public network shares to? I am a bit worried that the special character could cause problems in some way, or is not that a problem nowadays?
    It should not be a problem, unless something is misconfigured or some program has a bug regarding this.

    I assume that more basic stuff like mounting or sharing over network should be avoided on such files right?
    AFAIK it should just work.

    Anyway, if you are worried: you can configure the name of those special folders to anything you want to.
    Configure Desktop (Systemsettings)->User Account Details->Paths.

    But I see now that "Public"/"Öffentlich" is not even there, so I doubt it is used by anything (in KDE at least).
    You can still setup a different folder for "Public Shares" by editing ~/.config/user-dirs.dirs directly with a text editor though.

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    Default Re: Special charaters in file names do they still make problems?

    Ok thanks, if there should not be anything to worry but bugs, i think i can risk it.

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    Default Re: Special charaters in file names do they still make problems?

    On 2014-07-27 12:56, wolfi323 wrote:

    > But I see now that "Public"/"Öffentlich" is not even there, so I doubt
    > it is used by anything (in KDE at least).


    I don't know. For a moment I confused it with the "~/public_html/"
    directory.


    On 2014-07-27 12:56, Miuku wrote:>
    > With all modern operating systems supporting UTF-8, not really.
    >
    > For example here is Windows 8.1 browsing a Samba share on a Linux
    > server:


    I'm unsure of that: samba can do name translations. Windows machines can
    use different font and name mappings: just consider that when mounting
    vfat or ntfs you can specify the charset.

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