Is there a path limit for compressed files in a windows directory structure?
Posted on 2008-06-24
I've got an issue where we have some of our network directories compressed (standard windows built-in zip compression) and after a certain depth in the pathname, documents cannot be opened.
For example, J:\Directory 1\Directory 2\Directory 3\Directory 4\Directory 5\Directory 6\Directory 7\Directory 8\Office document.doc cannot be opened after approx 100 characters deep in the path name.
The cursor just flashes for a second and then nothing happens. HOWEVER this only seems to be affecting Office documents, Word, Excel, etc as i've successfully opened PDF documents from paths where the Office ones will not.
If you copy the document from the deep path to a shorter one it will open, so the documents are not corrupted.
Any ideas on whether there is a character limit/directory depth limit when using this compression?