Ailing HP340 system

Joseph Webster J.Webster at centenary.usyd.edu.AU
Sun Feb 16 04:11:41 EST 1997


Maybe I can fill in a few blanks, someone please correct me if I'm wrong.

At 10:39 14/02/97 +1000, Leon Martin wrote:
>Nick,
>>	(snip - description of "blank filenames" problem)
>I've had this problem before also. However we DID get all our files back. I
>haven't done this for a while and my memory is a bit average but I think we
>found the following:
>In the case of a `blank' named directory I couldn't use or delete it but
>was able to rename it. I just give it a name like DEAD and leave it till
>the next disk re-format!

I think what you renamed was the directory *containing* the blank name,
not the blank named entity itself.

>Our experience, when you have a dir of files with a blank named file in the
>middle, was that we couldn't see any files past the blank one with the BD
>file utilities. However, if we exit the BD software and use the HP system
>FILER program, we could see the files and then copy them elsewhere.
>After that I used the FILER to delete all the files from that dir.

I've been able to recover all files *except* the blank-named one(s), using
exactly this method.
I think Nick's problem was compounded because one or more blank names
were in the top level (root) directory, so it could not be left there till
later.

>Leon.

Your memory is remarkable good Leon, but I probably had this problem a
bit more recently.. didn't you teach me those tricks nearly 10 years ago?
My last repeat was '93 or '94.

Long Live Pascal 3.22! :-;
	Joseph.

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