My Cloud Shares Display Files and Folders with Strange or Random Characters


Issue:

Files and folder are displayed with strange or random characters when mounted on macOS using Finder.

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Cause:

macOS allows creating a directory or file name with a space at the end.

EXAMPLE:

  • "File-Name "
  • "Directory-Name "

File and Folders will be seen in macOS Finder when the share is mounted using SMB (Server Message Block / Samba).

EXAMPLE:
smb://wdmycloud

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Solution:

Rename the file or folder by removing the space at the end of the file name.
Creating files and folders with a space at the end on macOS is not reccommened.
For more details, please refer to Article HT202808: OS X: Cross-platform filename best practices and conventions





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