PKUNZIP through VB and passing LONG FILENAMES

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.

Any suggestions?
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a111a111a111Connect With a Mentor Commented:
I am sending you the code for short file name from long file name.
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a111a111a111Commented:
In module1.bas :
Option Explicit

Declare Function GetShortPathName Lib "kernel32" _
      Alias "GetShortPathNameA" (ByVal lpszLongPath As String, _
      ByVal lpszShortPath As String, ByVal cchBuffer As Long) As Long

   Public Function GetShortName(ByVal sLongFileName As String) As String
       Dim lRetVal As Long, sShortPathName As String, iLen As Integer
       'Set up buffer area for API function call return
       sShortPathName = Space(255)
       iLen = Len(sShortPathName)

       'Call the function
       lRetVal = GetShortPathName(sLongFileName, sShortPathName, iLen)
       'Strip away unwanted characters.
       GetShortName = Left(sShortPathName, lRetVal)
   End Function


in form1:

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim msg As String
     CommonDialog1.filename = "*.*"
     CommonDialog1.ShowOpen
     
     msg = "Long File Name: " & CommonDialog1.filename & vbCrLf
     msg = msg & "Short File Name: " & GetShortName(CommonDialog1.filename)
     msg = msg & vbCrLf & "________________________________________________________"
     msg = msg & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & "http://www.hili.com/~shay   E-Mail: shayplace@hotmail.com"
     
     MsgBox msg
End Sub

Private Sub Command2_Click()
Unload Me
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()

End Sub


You can download the complete project form my site as
http://www.hili.com/~shay/filename.zip


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a111a111a111Commented:
In module1.bas :
Option Explicit

Declare Function GetShortPathName Lib "kernel32" _
      Alias "GetShortPathNameA" (ByVal lpszLongPath As String, _
      ByVal lpszShortPath As String, ByVal cchBuffer As Long) As Long

   Public Function GetShortName(ByVal sLongFileName As String) As String
       Dim lRetVal As Long, sShortPathName As String, iLen As Integer
       'Set up buffer area for API function call return
       sShortPathName = Space(255)
       iLen = Len(sShortPathName)

       'Call the function
       lRetVal = GetShortPathName(sLongFileName, sShortPathName, iLen)
       'Strip away unwanted characters.
       GetShortName = Left(sShortPathName, lRetVal)
   End Function


in form1:

Private Sub Command1_Click()
Dim msg As String
     CommonDialog1.filename = "*.*"
     CommonDialog1.ShowOpen
     
     msg = "Long File Name: " & CommonDialog1.filename & vbCrLf
     msg = msg & "Short File Name: " & GetShortName(CommonDialog1.filename)
     msg = msg & vbCrLf & "________________________________________________________"
     msg = msg & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & "http://www.hili.com/~shay   E-Mail: shayplace@hotmail.com"
     
     MsgBox msg
End Sub

Private Sub Command2_Click()
Unload Me
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()

End Sub


You can download the complete project form my site as
http://www.hili.com/~shay/filename.zip


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a111a111a111Commented:
Sorry for the duplicate here the server has a problem.

Go and download the project from the site:
http://www.hili.com/~shay/filename.zip 

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