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RE: Problems with the the length of names and Windows

From: George Marselis <project2501a_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-09-04 01:16:14 CEST

> We have used Subversion 1.2.3 with Tortoise 1.2.2 build 4295 – 32 bit. We have a problem when the path of
> folders and files is more large than 256 characters.
> We have a problem when the length of the path of the folders and the names of the files
> surpass the 256 caracteres.

That's not a problem with subversion. That's a confirmed problem with NTFS. The absolute filename (path + filename) must not exceed 256 chars (a short int), and it gets shorter, if you use unicode chars which do not map to english char.

I have threatened the ntfs people with releasing nakkid and hairy free software programmers throughout redmond, running around and chanting the free software song. It's unacceptable for a -commercial, nonetheless- filesystem to be bound by decisions made back in 1990, and allocate only 256 bytes for the path name, when every other free filesystem uses anything from 4K (<3 Reiser4) to (customisable) 16K (Venti in Plan 9 From Bell Labs)

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