Check this out:
(XP) start > run “cmd” [enter]
echo dumdididum > a-file_1.txt\ echo dumdididum > a-file_2.txt\ echo dumdididum > a-file_3.txt
echo tweedledee > a-filetoo_1.txt\ echo tweedledee > a-filetoo_2.txt\ echo tweedledee > a-filetoo_3.txt
echo tweedledee > a-filetree_1.txt\ echo tweedledee > a-filetree_2.txt\ echo tweedledee > a-filetree_3.txt
echo justforfun > a-file-with-no-numbers.txt
dir /b *1.txt
a-file-with-no-numbers.txt\ a-filetree_3.txt\ a-filetree_2.txt\ a-filetoo_1.txt\ a-filetree_1.txt\ a-file_1.txt
what’s going on here?
(I’ll post the answer in the comments later. But it took me and a friend and some generous netizens to get to the root of it.)
So what’s the deal with it?
Posted 27 Nov 2007 at 2:04 pm ¶
matt wilkie wrote:
The deal is, dir matches by the the short 8 character name (the DOS name), while returning the long filename.
Thanks for asking. I had to look a moment or so to remember! Unfortunately I can’t locate my bookmark for the discussion which finally clued us into what was happening so I regretfully cannot credit the true discoverers.
Posted 28 Nov 2007 at 1:13 pm ¶