I am networking a mac and a PC. I have a run into a problem where the folder structure on the Mac is creating a pathname that is too long for the PC to handle (essentially, I am syncing thousands of files between the two computers, and some of the files are buried 8-10 levels deep in subfolders). The primary reason I am having such a problem with long pathnames is that the public folder on my mac shows up on XP as \\macbook\joe smith's public folder\documents\. . . .
I want to know if there is a way to change the way in which the public folder is displayed in the path field, ie. to go from "joe smith's public folder" to something more simple like "public" or, even better, "documents."
FYI I thought about creating a folder in the Sharing/File Sharing window of System Preferences on the Mac and simply calling it "documents." However, when I do this, I can't get my PC computer to be able to see this supposedly shared folder. I did a quick search on EE and it looks like OS X, despite what it claims, will not let you create a folder outside of the Public folder that can be seen and written to by PCs, which is why I had to place a Documents folder inside the Public folder. But then I run into the problem of the long path/file name.