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What characters are invalid (or valid if that's easier) in POI CSV filenames?

 

I originally posted the question here: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/29790 but it may have been the wrong place to ask it.

Thanks,
Travis

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diesel_travis wrote: I

diesel_travis wrote:

I originally posted the question here: http://www.poi-factory.com/node/29790 but it may have been the wrong place to ask it.

Microsoft -> Filename is Invalid or Cannot Contain Any of the Following Characters
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/177506
"A filename cannot contain any of the following characters: \ / : * ? " < > |"

For simplicity and to avoid issues with Linux or Apple, just use letters and numbers. Avoid the use of the space character too.

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Garmin Nuvi650 - Morehead City, NC

Numbers and Letters

I'm currently replacing all non-word characters with an underscore. Is that a safe character or should I remove them as well?

Thanks!

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That should work.

diesel_travis wrote:

I'm currently replacing all non-word characters with an underscore. Is that a safe character or should I remove them as well?

That'd work quite well, but a concern, albeit a very small one, is that underscores tend to get lost in the translation when writing them down.

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Garmin nuvi 1490T, 1450T, 2555LMT, 660, 77;, too many, really.

These work

diesel_travis wrote:

I'm currently replacing all non-word characters with an underscore. Is that a safe character or should I remove them as well?

Thanks!

You can use _ ( ) - be careful with this one ~ it doesn't play well in excel.

Thanks guys

My code uses this regular expression to replace everything: /\W|__+/ so I think I have my bases covered now.

http://gist.github.com/470079#LID165

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