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Posted on 2013-12-11
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Wondering is there a way to query a server a find out how many files on a particular drive have a path length of more than 260 characters?  Trying to use a cloud service and it is not allowing us to setup the "sync" because I have files on the server that are over 260 characters in length.
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Question by:GSLElectric
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by:Mahesh
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Unfortunately I haven't found any freeware , windows utility to find and delete those files

But you can try 3rd party software

http://www.pathtoolong.com/


Mahesh
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Biniek earned 500 total points
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You can use Robocopy tool with powershell  (Robocopy is build in tool in Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012)

you should use option /l (list only)


Robocopy
http://ss64.com/nt/robocopy.html


script
http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Function-to-get-file-and-475aeb3a

and read it :
http://learn-powershell.net/2013/04/01/list-all-files-regardless-of-260-character-path-restriction-using-powershell-and-robocopy/
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by:GSLElectric
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I'm not trying to move the files, but just get  a list of what the files are.
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by:tliotta
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Up into Win 8.1, the Windows Shell still has a 260-char limit. As is obvious, the file system under the shell has a far longer limit, approx 32k. For basic background, see Microsoft's Maximum Path Length Limitation topic.

From that info, it looks as if the most useful direction is to code a utility to the Windows API to recurse through a directory tree and to count every instance that exceeds the limit. It seems unlikely that many will have an exact function available. There are bound to be many who can easily code the function as long as they know what needs to be done. (Coding it for Windows would be outside my area.)

Tom
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