PaulNM on 16 Sep 2015 11:24:27 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Convert ext4 Filenames to FAT-compatible Names

Another possibility is exFAT. Many mobile devices can use it, as can Linux/OSX/Windows. In particular, all of them can write to it. (Unlike OSX with NTFS.)

Like Keith said though, it depends on what you're planning to use the drive with.

- PaulNM

On 09/14/2015 08:48 AM, Keith C. Perry wrote:
I was going to ask for a further definition of "portable".  I'm assuming that means across system platforms which would also leads me to use NTFS.

On the off-chance that portable meant physically carried but you're only concerned with using on Linux then I would use EXT4.


On Sep 14, 2015 8:03 AM, Michael Leone <> wrote:

Why not convert the flash drive to a modern filesystem, like NTFS? Or even FAT-32, that would at least support long filenames. NTFS write support should be stable enough these days to use without worry.

First thing I always do is convert the default FAT-32 filesystem on most commercial flash drives to NTFS.

On Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 7:23 AM, Rich Freeman <> wrote:

On Mon, Sep 14, 2015 at 5:43 AM, Casey Bralla <> wrote:
I don't care so much about perfect preservation of the file names. Simply
dropping the offending characters and shortening the file names in some
arbitrary manner would work.

Anybody know of a good filename conversion script?


I use it occasionally even on ext4 when you download one of those
files with creative file-naming.  It does have configurable filter
lists, so you can tune its aggressiveness.  Looks like my list of
installed filters that came with it are:
available sequences:
         default (*)

For the most part the default is probably fine.  I don't know if it
does anything about length, but it will git rid of spaces and most
punctuation, non-ascii, etc.

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