Can't Zip a Folder Where the Directory Has Japanese Characters?


#1

So I’ve recently changed my computer’s language to Japanese for extra practice, changing all of the desktop folders to their Japanese equivalent as well.

I tried to zip a folder within one of the desktop folders and got an error about the directory name, so I changed the main folder’s name back to English and it zipped just fine.

I found this so odd, as it seems like that would be a pain for someone who is natively Japanese (or another language with a different script) to have all folders where they have to zip/otherwise share or change files to be in a non-native script.

I know that this is completely random, but it really struck me. I wonder if computers distributed in Japan have a way to bypass this limitation?


#2

What software are you using to zip your files? Maybe Japanese people are using a different kind of software? :slight_smile:


#3

Sounds like whatever software you’re using doesn’t like double byte characters


#4

It’s not a problem with zip, it’s a problem with your specific setup. E.g. Linux handles it just fine.


#5

To zip I just use the Windows shortcut (right click => send to => zip folder), so maybe if I were to use a third-party one it would work. That’s odd, though, I wouldn’t think that it would make a difference.


#6

I just confirmed, Windows 10’s built-in zip does not allow multi-byte character names. That’s sort of shocking!

Personally, I use 7zip.


#7

I would recommend 7zip.


#8

I would recommend using non-Microsoft insert software here whenever possible
(As I sit here using Visual Studio…)


#9

Yeah, I have that installed as well, I don’t usually use it to zip files since I do it so infrequently.


#10

Visual studio is the best. I also use microsoft’s other IDE, visual studio code, on Linux. Of course, it doesn’t have even a smidgen of the futures of visual studio, but I still like it nevertheless.


#11

Agreed. VS is the best of the IDE’s I’ve used. But pretty much ever other MS product, either there’s a better alternative, or equivalent yet free alternative.


#12

Been using Winrar since 1996(98?) I think xD


#13

WinRAR: it really whips the llama’s ass.

Oh wait, that’s WinAmp.


#14

Ah, remember the days of file size limitations? Download something and it be in 20+ zip/rar files.


#15

#16

Haha yeah! I used winamp for a loooooong time as well, but it got replaced with Spotify later on :stuck_out_tongue:

Oh yeah, sure do I remember that. It did beat the 100s of floppys to install ONE program though :wink:


#17

Windows 98. 38 floppy discs. But number 27 was messed up… I don’t miss those days.


#18

I used both of those at one time… and who can forget WinAMP’s slogan! lol

Switched to 7z a few years ago after doing a new round of comparison.


#19

King’s Quest VI! My floppy disk 9 was faulty grrrr…


#20

I feel you… I feel you…