Zone.Identifier error joining wmv, avi files

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Zone.Identifier error joining wmv, avi files

Postby newsraider » Tue May 27, 2008 5:39 pm

i have been noticing lately these Zone.Identifier on the end of all the join files. like filename.wmv.002.Zone.Identifier. it won't put the files together at all and it clears it out of the autopar tab also. so you can't manually hit the decode button.

is this just a linux problem?
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Postby DThor » Tue May 27, 2008 5:44 pm

I haven't seen this on linux(or windows) at all. Quade might have an idea based on the name, but I'm guessing it's post-specific.

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Postby newsraider » Tue May 27, 2008 5:51 pm

yeah i have never seen this before either. it doesn't do it with all the join files. so it must be something different in the way people are posting the files.
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Postby Quade » Tue May 27, 2008 7:02 pm

Zone Identifier is an out of band mechanism in NTFS that lets you tag files with security zones so, the OS can warn you before running/playing a file. How big is one of these files? If very small then, it's just the zone-id and not the real split file.
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Postby newsraider » Tue May 27, 2008 8:22 pm

the file is only 25 bytes

it looks like this

filename.wmv.001.Zone.Identifier. 25bytes

filename.wmv.001. 14.3mb

filename.wmv.002.Zone.Identifier. 25bytes

filename.wmv.002. 14.3mb


after it downloads the 1 file. it makes another file with the Zone.Identifier at the end.

so there is 2 files we are dealing with really.
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Postby Quade » Tue May 27, 2008 9:17 pm

Yeah, I'm not surprised. It's about what I said it was.
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Postby newsraider » Tue May 27, 2008 9:35 pm

what do you think i should do? try another program to put them together or is there something in newsbin i can change?
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Postby Quade » Tue May 27, 2008 10:38 pm

How are you assembling them? Autopar should just ignore those files. If you're using the files list right click, I'd delete those files first or delete them from the list in the assembly window. In general, I'd just delete this files out of hand.
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Postby newsraider » Tue May 27, 2008 11:02 pm

i just did another quick test on a set of join files. it never showed up in the autopar list. all the files downloaded in to the folder just like before. the zone Identifier files never show up in the files list.

filename.wmv.001.Zone.Identifier. 25bytes

filename.wmv.001. 14.3mb

filename.wmv.002.Zone.Identifier. 25bytes

filename.wmv.002. 14.3mb
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Postby Quade » Tue May 27, 2008 11:38 pm

Without a PAR, the files won't show up in the autopar list.

I already explained where these files came from. I'd write a shell script that just deletes them out of hand. They show up because Linux file systems don't support multiple streams per file and this is how wine simulates it.
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Postby newsraider » Wed May 28, 2008 10:36 pm

ok i see what is happening. i thought newsbin was not using the par file, but now i see the files never had pars attached to begin with.

just downloaded hjsplit to join the files and works fine.

thanks quade for the explanation of the zone identifier files.


all solved now :o
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