Saving (unusual) linux filenames

MRAB python at
Tue Aug 31 19:13:44 CEST 2010

On 31/08/2010 17:58, Grant Edwards wrote:
> On 2010-08-31, MRAB<python at>  wrote:
>> On 31/08/2010 15:49, AmFreak at wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> i have a script that reads and writes linux paths in a file. I save the
>>> path (as unicode) with 2 other variables. I save them seperated by ","
>>> and the "packets" by newlines. So my file looks like this:
>>> path1, var1A, var1B
>>> path2, var2A, var2B
>>> path3, var3A, var3B
>>> ....
>>> this works for "normal" paths but as soon as i have a path that does
>>> include a "," it breaks. The problem now is that (afaik) linux allows
>>> every char (aside from "/" and null) to be used in filenames. The only
>>> solution i can think of is using null as a seperator, but there have to
>>> a cleaner version ?
>> You could use a tab character '\t' instead.
> That just breaks with a different set of filenames.
How many filenames contain control characters? Surely that's a bad idea.

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