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Re: Re: Problems with the the length of names and Windows

From: Stefan Küng <tortoisesvn_at_gmail.com>
Date: 2006-09-06 14:12:38 CEST

On 9/6/06, Ian Brockbank <Ian.Brockbank@wolfsonmicro.com> wrote:

> I'm not sure if this passes through to the Shell, but the standard
> Unicode Win32 APIs on NT+ accept long pathnames if they start \\?\ .
> See http://windowssdk.msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms687127.aspx.
> Okay, a bit of testing in Explorer complains when I try this syntax.
> I'll try it again once I get round to installing Vista. I'll shut up
> now.

As I said: NTFS knows long pathnames, but the shell (i.e. explorer)
doesn't. Paths in explorer are limited to MAX_PATH (256) chars.
Try it: write a script which creates a path with more than 300 chars.
Then try to browse to that path with the explorer :)


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