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Test if a string is a valid file name


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The following code tests a given string for forbidden characters.
The forbidden characters are dependent on whether it is a 8.3 (short) or a long file name.

Thanks to a comment to A. Pottjeweid, who pointed out that the forward slash is a problem character as well.

  { for short 8.3 file names }
  ShortForbiddenChars : set of Char = [';', '=', '+', '<', '>', '|',
                                       '"', '[', ']', '\', '/', ''''];
  { for long file names }
  LongForbiddenChars  : set of Char = ['<', '>', '|', '"', '\', '/', ':', '*', '?'];

function TestFilename(Filename: String; islong: Boolean) : Boolean;
  I: integer;
  Result := Filename <> '';
  if islong then
    for I := 1 to Length(Filename) do
      Result := Result and not (Filename[I] in LongForbiddenChars);
    for I := 1 to Length(Filename) do
      Result := Result and not (Filename[I] in ShortForbiddenChars);


2005-11-06, 20:14:19 from Australia  
LongForbiddenChars : set of Char = ['<', '>', '|', ''', '', '/',':','*','?'];
2007-02-04, 22:04:49
anonymous from Madrid in Madrid, Spain  
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2007-02-05, 00:38:45
anonymous from Sønderborg in Sonderjylland, Denmark  
2007-06-11, 04:45:14
Vahid from Iran, Iran  
usefull :) TNX
2007-07-19, 03:19:34
anonymous from Ukraine  
thanks for code
2007-09-25, 21:35:39
anonymous from Australia  
Actual list is: ?[]/\=+<>:;',*
2010-05-11, 10:28:11
anonymous from United States  
2010-05-11, 10:28:11
anonymous from United States  
2011-10-10, 09:36:51   (updated: 2011-10-10, 09:37:34)
anonymous from United States  
2012-04-14, 09:32:46
anonymous from Ukraine  
2012-11-13, 00:13:24
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