I have my own naming convention where, sometimes, I use colons in the note title (like “Book: Atomic Habits”). Trying to do so in Obsidian leads to an error. I believe that this is the case because (strictly speaking) the colon is a reserved character in the file system (as in
Colons are not, per se, characters that you can’t use in naming a file. I believe Obsidian should allow users to create notes with them.
I managed to temporarily fix the problem in two ways:
- by creating a new note from the terminal (
touch "Book: Atomic Habits.md", or
vim "Book: Atomic Habits.md"are valid and lead to both the expected result, as well as Obsidian perfectly managing them)
- by creating the note from the OS file explorer, but with the following notation:
Book/ Atomic Habits.md— trying to do so in Obsidian treads
/as a folder delimiter
Potential related problems
I’m not a Obsidian Publish user and therefore I don’t know for sure, but I have the feeling that this kind of notation could break the existing URL naming system unless treated accordingly.