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Increasing Filename lengths allowed

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I have a need to provide deeply nested directories of reasonable name length but Windows Explorer collapses after a while saying the file name length too long.  What are the limits on individual filename lengths, nesting levels and overall pathname length.  Can this be altered.  If so, how
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Question by:glennb
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by:smeebud
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In theory, you are supposed to be able to have a 256 character name. i've never even tried that. When you say Windows Explorer collapses, what do you mean by that?
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by:Ikon
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max is 256 character name followed by 256 character extension.
But nested directories only go a certain depth, dont remember but will look it up & tell u later.
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by:smeebud
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3 questions,
Are you running OSR2?
Compressed drive?
System agent?
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by:glennb
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It appears that as well as the 256 characters per file name, there is a 256 character limit on the complete pathname.  Typical useless restrictions.  Any comments?
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by:smeebud
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3 questions,
Are you running OSR2?
Compressed drive?
System agent?
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See: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q.8630009230
Also go to: http://www.microsoft.com/kb/default.asp
and search this phrase: long file names
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by:Ikon
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"there is a 256 character limit on the complete pathname." >??
impossible, if so you could not have a 256 char filename with a 256 char extension. What application is the path killing? is it the actual environment variable "PATH" you are trying to lengthen??? if so 256 chars is the limit for this, there is still no way around this.
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by:smeebud
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glennb,
3rd time. This makes a difference, otherwise I would not ask.
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3 questions,
Are you running OSR2?
Compressed drive?
System agent?
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See: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Q.8630009230 
Also go to: http://www.microsoft.com/kb/default.asp 
and search this phrase: long file names
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by:Ikon
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any news glennb
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by:smeebud
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It appears we have our own dedicated conference line here icon:)
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by:Ikon
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hehehe smeebud, u use irc?
undernet #20ish or #celtic or #celtic_realm or #warez666 / cobranet #warezrus or #t1warez

c u there
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by:rodcwahr
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glennb,

You don't seem to comment much, do you?

Here is are some little pieces of my mind.

As commented above (and rightly so) windows *file and folder* name limitiations are 256 for name and 256 for extension.

Why you would like to make long paths, using long folder names and filenames in such a way that windows clams up, escapes me. I think long filenames are meant to enable users to enter something intelligable (8chars filenames are not anymore!). So these filenames are not meant to write a book in.
What you should also consider is that when you execute a disk scandisk or defrag, Win95 goes back to old reliable DOS. And... DOS dislikes long pathnames even more!
What I'm saying: keep your paths within reason (depth), and make filenames meaningfull and not rediculous. In a garden you can see many singular plants. In a rainforest it becomes hard to find your favorite flower.

Cheers!

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by:theyak
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win 95 reliably can do a 61(+3) file name (the +3 is the extension) and (8) sub directories deep. If you need more, you should rethink what your trying to do, there are always other ways.
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by:Ikon
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Mission Control calling glennb, come in glennb. Whats your sitrep, over.
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vmpn earned 100 total points
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Actualy maximum length of fullpath (starting from drive: and finishing with file name or lowest subdirectory) can not exceed 255 (becuse 256th charachster is null).

Sincerely,
VMPN
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by:cymbolic
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Actually, Interrupt 21h, Function 7160h, Minor Code 2h, states that:  "the largest possible Windows 95 path is only 260 characters, including the drive letter, colon, leading backslash, and terminating null character."  Here's an idea: Appeal directly to Microsoft, asking them to reclassfy it from a feature into a problem! yuk, yuk, yukkity yuk!
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Errors Creating Files or Folders in the Root Directory
http://www.microsoft.com/kb/articles/q120/1/38.htm
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