how does the pgadmin encode the file path in backups?

This is not something weird pgadmin does, but rather it is something weird Windows itself does when needing to represent such file names in a DOS-like setting. Like when the name is more than 8 chars, or extension more than 3.

In my hands the weird presentation is only there in the logs and status messages. If I use the GUI file chooser, the file names look normal, and replay successfully.

If you really want to know what Windows is doing, I think that is a better question for superuser with a Windows tag. I don’t know why you can’t restore these files. Are you using the pgAdmin GUI file chooser or trying to type the names in directly to something?

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