I'm trying to pull files from the /sdcard partition of my phone to Windows 10 using ADB, and it errors:

cannot create [ my file > my computer ]: Not a directory

This only occurs at a particular folder "Meanwhile In Burbank...", which is copied as "Meanwhile In Burbank" (no ...), then errors out.

Any advice on how to handle ellipses?

  • Is the ellipsis made from three dots (like ...) or from a single character (like …)?
    – Grimoire
    Dec 15, 2016 at 9:26
  • Suppose I should have clarified: three dots. Dec 15, 2016 at 11:23
  • And the operating system from where you launch adb is a flavor of Windows, I guess. Correct?
    – Grimoire
    Dec 15, 2016 at 11:53
  • Added computer OS and adb version to question. Dec 15, 2016 at 12:09
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    I did a few tests on Windows 7, and was able to reproduce a behavior similar to yours. Actually, it's not ADB, but Windows' fault. The OS itself doesn't allow a file or a folder's name which ends with a period, and without anything after it. I assume you do know that a period delimits the extension in a file, so basically Windows doesn't allow a file or folder to end with an "empty" extension (which is different from not having an extension) and therefore trims the period(s).
    – Grimoire
    Dec 15, 2016 at 12:46


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