I am calling PKUNZIP with teh SHELL function and using VB to tell me all the ZIP files that exist in a directory and with that PKUNZIP those files into another directory.
THe problem arises when i use long filenames with PKUNZIP. It has no clue about long filenames. It only recognizes the 8.3 filename style. So ie. Shell("PKUNZIP.EXE LONG_FILENAME.ZIP") will not work at all, however, a call like Shell("PKUNZIP.EXE LONG_F~1.ZIP") will work. How do i find out what the equivalent 8.3 format is for a long filename. Some of you may say just pop a ~1 just before the .ZIP extension but what if in the directory there already exists a file with that same name (DOS assigns these unique ~#'s)? I could write a procedure that looks for all files with these long names and starts formulating these 8.3 formats for them, BUT the problem is DOS may have assigned a unique ~# that is different from mine.