The mounted file system does not support extended attributes...

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I really really really hate the error that I sometimes get when trying to copy a file from my Vista box to my NAS: "The mounted file system does not support extended attributes". With the options to "Try again" or cancel. I suppose the "Try again" option is just in case the mounted file system changes its mind or the file somehow decides that the extended attributes that it's somehow acquired aren't actually required...

The main problem I have is that I get this with text files where I've never done anything 'special' to create "extended attributes" (whatever they are). The solution which doesn't involve replacing my NAS with something that is running Windows ;) seems to be to copy the data out of the file and recreate the file from notepad... I'd rather the error dialog had a "strip the extended attributes from the copied file" option, better still if it had some way of showing what these attributes were so that I might be able to decide if I wanted to keep them...

As it is it seems that something is going around and adding "extended attributes" to my files without asking me and the result is that they're difficult to move around my network...

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I hope you don't "have" FAT32 on your NAS ;)

Nope it's CIFS and reports as NTFS from the Vista box...

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