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File path with & not recongised by Sharepoint

  Asked By: Vasudev    Date: Oct 30    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 988

We re-built our Sharepoint Server and installed SP1, however any
files that have an & in the file name is not recongised and will not
open. We get a message saying the file has been moved for deleted,
but this is not the case as you can access the file from the webstore
if you map it to the m drive

Can anyone help me with this problem?



6 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Nisarg Kapadia     Answered On: Oct 30

Since SPPS is a WebDAV-based file  store, you can't use characters like & and
/ in the filename since you can't make a URL with it.

I would therefore presume the same applies to characters such as

~ # * < > : ? | "

and the like.

btw, be careful about accessing files from M: drive. This is just a

Answer #2    Answered By: Jaferry Khan     Answered On: Oct 30

Would you know who I can get these documents with and & in their name out
of sharepoint  as sharepoint cannot find them to delete them

Answer #3    Answered By: Davin Knapp     Answered On: Oct 30

I've never been able to copy documents *in* to sharepoint  with these invalid
characters, so I'm not sure. How did you get them into SPPS? If you did it
through the M: drive [slap wrist] no no no no no. But you should be able to
delete them through there if you added them that way.

That's one thing about SPPS that's a real pain -- when you *do* try to copy
in documents with invalid chars, the error message  ends up being something
not-so-helpful like "Network problems prevented authentication to the
server" or something similarly vague. It should tell you "You know, I can't
use characters like & / : < > # so please rename your document. Would you
like me to replace & with "and" for you and copy in anyway?" and then it
would copy it in with a valid name.

Yeah, I'm wishing here.

Can you see the document in the document library?

Answer #4    Answered By: Deidra Best     Answered On: Oct 30

Also, make sure the documents are 'checked in'. Their not deletable if
they're in a checked out state. Have you tried right clicking and renaming
them as well?

Answer #5    Answered By: Rosalinda Merrill     Answered On: Oct 30

you don't need to slap my wrist. One of the Departments was
able to copy them in using windows explorer via the webfolders. There was
no message  preventing this and obviously now they cannot be accessed as
the file  path is invalid.

File save as gives you that message, but not copy and paste. If I delete
the documents in the m drive they do not come out of sharepoint. The whole
this is just a pain.

Answer #6    Answered By: Yogendra Zarapkar     Answered On: Oct 30

Interesting. When I try to drag and drop a file  with "&" in the name to a
web folder, I get an error. Specifically, a dialog box with "Copy Error" as
the title and the ever-so-enlightening details of:

"The file or folder cannot be copied. The source or destination may have
been moved  or deleted."

I'm at SP1. Are you?

I also tried "pasting" the document, but all that does is copy anyway. I
also tried a rename of an existing document; same problem.

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