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    Default $ signs in Filenames and foldername?

    what the heck are $$ signs for in filenames and folder names?
    such as temp$er and Folder$$.

    I have seen this alot? what is the function of dollars signs in filenames and foldernames?

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    I always thought it was bad practice to include "$" in filenames, because this character is often used as a wildcard. Not sure why you would see this character in file names. For share names, a $ at the end of the share name indicates it is a private share (meaning it isn't viewable as a share unless the explicit path is entered for the share).

    Not sure if this answers your question or not...
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    Folders named \\folder$\ are hidden folders/shares.

    support.microsoft.com/kb/314984

    Check out the link hope it helps

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    Default $ signs are used for what purpose in filenames folder

    For example in your Folder Option show all Operating system files and hidden files
    go to Windows directory and see all the $uninstallblahlah$ they are their
    and if you happen to have Microsoft SQL Server directory in Program Files
    look there sometimes these $filename$ or $foldername$ shows up there.
    sometimes you see them as MSSQL$tempblahblah...

    I know that C$ and D$ are hiddent shares but what does the other imply?]
    thanks for having the Ba$$s to atleaset answer my question.

    either this is simple or am a complete idiot for asking. but noone wants to answer this baby?
    i have tried other tech forums and have had tons of reviews but no bytes!
    Google even sucks on this one?

    a mystery.

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    I've seen a few wierd named conventions but mostly *nix based.

    Can you give me a full example? off the top of my head i cant think (which at the mo is 00:11 and after the pub quiz )
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    Default Examples of $ sign files names and folder names

    thanks for replying.... you are awesome.
    okay here are two examples that make me ponder...these seem different than hidden shares
    like C$ D$ and others that are for Admin purposes that I am aware of. but what are these for?
    I do know that the uninstall files are MS and for uninstalling apps but what gives with the $$ signs for both normal and hidden files I dont see the diiference?

    C:\program files\Microsoft SQL Server\ (not hiddent normal folder)

    MSSQL$ONDSQL


    C:\Windows (hidden blue folder)


    $NtUninstallKB1234$


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    Default Re: Examples of $ sign files names and folder names

    Quote Originally Posted by itdaddy

    C:\program files\Microsoft SQL Server\ (not hiddent normal folder)

    MSSQL$ONDSQL
    I believe MSSQL Server / Agent are run as Windows services named MSSQL$instance name which is possibly what is linked to this folder.

    In other areas its also used at times as a wildcard if an absoulte path / name is not used.

    Quote Originally Posted by itdaddy

    C:\Windows (hidden blue folder)

    $NtUninstallKB1234$
    The $ at the end was explained earlier, im afraid I dont know what the one at the start is for.
    Off the top of my head im going to guess its just for list positioning IE: $ comes before A.
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    Default thank you $ sign

    hey sie
    thanks very well explained and i agree on what you said. thanks for clarification
    and verification.

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