Exceeding the maximum length of file path;

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by paulie, Jul 25, 2006.

  1. paulie

    paulie Guest

    On our Win2K3 SP1 file server they are starting to exceed the max length
    (255) of the complete file path. This is obviously creating some issues.

    My question is this; is there a way that Windows can give a warning message
    when the max length is reached. Some files are located under 14 sub folders
    and depending on the complete length of the path, can no longer be accessed.
    Again, can Windows warn the user if this happens somehow??

    We have a main Data folder shared out and mapped to all users. Within this
    folder however is 90GB of data and thousands of folders in subdirectories
    which are now becoming to long, there are too many levels down which makes
    the path to a file way down there too long. It's not actually the number of
    subfolders but the total number of characters (255) what is giving us

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    paulie, Jul 25, 2006
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  2. You can still access these files. Create a share or a substituted
    drive that points to the middle of the excessively long path, then
    open the files on that drive.
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Jul 26, 2006
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  3. paulie

    paulie Guest

    Thanks for the quick reply.
    Since there are hundreds of project folders at the root of the main Data
    folder we would then have to create many drive letters or new shares. Since
    we're also replicating those files using DFS it's giving problems. We still
    need to be able to access those files from the main Data share as well.

    We're looking for something that can warn the user when the max length is

    paulie, Jul 26, 2006
  4. It is pointless to warn users when they reach the limit,
    because when they do they are already well beyond
    the limit from the point of view of the physical server
    disk. You have to educate your users to place their
    information into their files rather than into the file and
    folder names.
    Pegasus \(MVP\), Jul 26, 2006
  5. paulie


    Dec 4, 2013
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    You can use Long Path Tool, it works good for such issues.
    aliceten, Dec 4, 2013
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