OVERLY LONG FILE NAMES - as impediment to copying

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by EverymanEndUser, Aug 16, 2005.

  1. I tend to use long file names, so as to identify needed files readily.

    If the file saves to my C drive in Windows XP Professional,
    I don't pay particular attention to the length of the file name
    that I've used.

    But in trying to COPY large files (e.g., a folder holding tens
    of thousands of sub-folders, with 2GB of saved data), most
    copying programs that I've encountered -- on 250 GB Maxtor
    external hard drives, on 40 GB HP external hard drives,
    on 2 GB Lexar flash drives -- not only will NOT COPY
    a file with an overly-long file name, but they also TERMINATE
    THE ENTIRE COPYING PROCESS INSTANTLY, merely on
    hitting a single too-long file name.

    Going into huge saved data files MANUALLY and MANUALLY
    reducing the length of each long file name is impossible.

    That's why we have COMPUTERS AND PROGRAMS:
    to automate important but tedious tasks and processes.

    I am hoping that someone somewhere has
    AN AUTOMATIC FILENAME-LENGTH TRUNCATION PROGRAM,
    or subroutine -- that could be run through my entire C drive
    prior to attempting to copy large files, or, even better,
    that could be run ON-THE-FLY in conjunction with any
    file-copying process, and that could truncate overly-long
    file names on-the-fly, as they are encountered, to permit the
    standard file-copying routines or algorithms to proceed
    without stopping, and even without losing those particular files
    with overlong names.

    IS THERE SUCH A FILENAME-LENGTH TRUNCATION PROGRAM?

    If so, how can I get an operational version, both for XP Professional
    and for XP Media Center?

    I'd have thought that this sub-routine would have been the most
    obvious thing in the world for MICROSOFT itself to have
    incorporated into Windows.

    But if it's available in Windows XP Professional or in XP Media Center,
    I'm not aware of it.
     
    EverymanEndUser, Aug 16, 2005
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  2. From: "EverymanEndUser" <>

    | I tend to use long file names, so as to identify needed files readily. |

    < snip>

    You posted this in WinXP General and in XP Security Admin. You Multi-Posted this to those
    groups and not Cross-Posted it. That enough.

    However, your posting it here is way off target and is indeed Off Topic. Please learn how
    to post propoerly an in pertinent News Groups.

    When you make a post to multiple pertinent News Groups where the subject matter is On Topic,
    Croos-Post. Please don't Multi-Post.
    Do not just make a post to any/every News Group you find !

    My reply is in; microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin
     
    David H. Lipman, Aug 16, 2005
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  3. KINDLY DIRECT ME TO THE APPROPRIATE SOURCE OF A
    RESPONSE THAT WILL BE TO THE POINT -- and I will not
    post to multiple groups.

    My display name should alert you to my lack of familiarity with
    standard procedures.

    You obviously think yourself a knowledgeable newsgroup
    participant.

    Just how knowledgeable ARE you?

    Can you answer my question - regarding a FILENAME LENGTH
    TRUNCATION PROGRAM?

    Do you know anyone who can?

    Can you suggest which newsgroup is most likely to include
    someone knowledgeable enough to answer my question?

    If not, your unelicited instructions are in no way justified.

    EverymanEndUser
     
    EverymanEndUser, Aug 16, 2005
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  4. Re-read Dave's reply. Carefully.

    message | KINDLY DIRECT ME TO THE APPROPRIATE SOURCE OF A
    | RESPONSE THAT WILL BE TO THE POINT -- and I will not
    | post to multiple groups.
    |
    | My display name should alert you to my lack of familiarity with
    | standard procedures.
    |
    | You obviously think yourself a knowledgeable newsgroup
    | participant.
    |
    | Just how knowledgeable ARE you?
    |
    | Can you answer my question - regarding a FILENAME LENGTH
    | TRUNCATION PROGRAM?
    |
    | Do you know anyone who can?
    |
    | Can you suggest which newsgroup is most likely to include
    | someone knowledgeable enough to answer my question?
    |
    | If not, your unelicited instructions are in no way justified.
    |
    | EverymanEndUser
    |
    |
    |
    |
    | "David H. Lipman" wrote:
    |
    | > From: "EverymanEndUser" <>
    | >
    | > | I tend to use long file names, so as to identify needed files readily.
    |
    | >
    | > < snip>
    | >
    | > You posted this in WinXP General and in XP Security Admin. You
    Multi-Posted this to those
    | > groups and not Cross-Posted it. That enough.
    | >
    | > However, your posting it here is way off target and is indeed Off Topic.
    Please learn how
    | > to post propoerly an in pertinent News Groups.
    | >
    | > When you make a post to multiple pertinent News Groups where the subject
    matter is On Topic,
    | > Croos-Post. Please don't Multi-Post.
    | > Do not just make a post to any/every News Group you find !
    | >
    | > My reply is in; microsoft.public.windowsxp.security_admin
    | >
    | > --
    | > Dave
    | > http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    | > http://www.ik-cs.com/got-a-virus.htm
    | >
    | >
    | >
     
    Tom Pepper Willett, Aug 16, 2005
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  5. I multi-posted rather than cross-posted because I was having difficulty
    with the cross-posting option.

    Even when Ilisted fewer than the limit number of groups to which
    I was attempting to cross-post, I nevertheless still got the same
    error message.

    As a newcomer (and non-expert, as should be obvious from my Display
    Name), I have no idea what's presently 'on topic' in any particular
    newsgroup.

    MY QUESTION IS ONE THAT POTENTIALLY AFFECTS ALL USERS
    OF WINDOWS XP. It is NOT a parochial matter.

    And I was seeking someone -- ANYONE -- sufficiently
    knowledgeable to point me toward A PRACTICAL SOLUTION,
    and NOT A REDUNDANT RETROSPECTIVE SCOLDING
    about the use and mis-use of overly-long file names.

    I'm AWARE OF the problem.

    I CANNOT repair the prioblem manually.

    And Mr. Lipman's initial miniature retrospective lecture
    in no way pointed me TOWARD A SOLUTION,
    ANY MORE THAN DID HIS TURF-SENSIVITY
    ABOUT NEWSGROUP USAGE.

    A problem that potentially affects everyone is worthy
    of bringing to everyone's attention -- whatever their
    newsgroup affiliation.

    EverymanEndUser
     
    EverymanEndUser, Aug 16, 2005
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  6. EverymanEndUser

    iamwhoiam Guest

    Hi hehe yes you did question the wrong people. It seems like you have a tiff
    with Maxtor and lexar and any other extrenal drive brands u got. Techniquely
    and for sake of keeping sane I like to have small names for my files. Small
    names dont take up much room and all together look very tidy small. Like say
    I have info about my 2003 tax return I dont call it "this is my tax return
    for 2003" insted call it 2003tax or 2003 tax return. There are problems with
    computers and long file names, just like computers and viruses exist it is
    out there. Could that file be largely stored. Like name of it typically wont
    stop process normally, may it be too large of a file? Large files lag,
    freeze, and reboot and or shut your computer. Could it be that there is
    virus(es) hiding somewhere having fun canceling it? So many things to think
    about.
    To complain to or get answers from Maxtor cough cough hate maxtor visit
    http://www.maxtor.com/
    Lexar help site is located on http://www.lexar.com/support/index.html
     
    iamwhoiam, Aug 16, 2005
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  7. From: "EverymanEndUser" <>

    | I multi-posted rather than cross-posted because I was having difficulty
    | with the cross-posting option.
    |

    < BS snipped >

    Did you erven READ my actual reply ? It was posted in XP Security Admin.
     
    David H. Lipman, Aug 16, 2005
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  8. EverymanEndUser

    ogato Guest

    Ogato88 Nov 23 2004, 10:48 am show options

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    Let me suggest that you use a file compressor that is compatible with
    LongFile Names.
    My choice would be ARJ271, or later version.
    Also PKZIP has a version that is compatible with LFN's.

    You can create a *.ARJ file that has your files of interest, from the
    Source Drive, and preserves the LFN's.

    After you successfully create that *.ARJ file then you can decompress
    it onto your Target Drive.

    The whole operation could be done in a DOS Window in Win XP.

    The reason I say "in a DOS Window" is that is what I use regularly.
    But I see no reason why it could not be done entirely within Windows
    XP.

    I use Win XP, Home Edition and since I grew up with DOS that is what I
    like to use, for a variety of applications.

    Cheers
    -Ogato
     
    ogato, Aug 17, 2005
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  9. We may well hold others (i.e., those outside Redmond, Washington)
    responsible for such limitations.

    Nevertheless, within the Windows world, all makers of external devices
    and all applications developers tend to rely entirely, for matters relating to
    file systems, on the Windows operating system.

    This reliance may well be too complete, and too abject.

    But it's a fact of life.

    It would be far more efficient for the entire Windows world
    were Microsoft to make filename-length adjustments
    and batch file renaming capabilities available as simple, direct procedures
    incorporated into Windows (as Internet Explorer and any number of
    other components have been so incorporated) -- rather than expect
    individual makers of external devices or individual applications
    software writers to do so.

    Could you recommend any professional backup programs
    that might effectively permit automatic batch-renaming
    of files, or automatic filename-length truncation (for file
    names determined to be in excess, say, of 64 -- or possibly
    even 32 -- characters)?

    Would any such professional backup programs work effectively
    with a Windows XP Professional system?

    EverymanEndUser
     
    EverymanEndUser, Aug 17, 2005
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  10. EverymanEndUser

    ogato Guest

    Please let me show, by example, the use of the ARJ archiver to copy a
    fairly large number of files with Longfile Names (LFN).

    I find a folder in the Windows section of Temp Internet files, where
    Windows XP stores what it captures from Web sites.
    There are 608 files in this folder, some with "horribly long names".
    Here are a couple of examples from those 608,
    ====
    08/06/2005 11:21 AM 3,555
    homework_italian;svc=;site=italian;t=0;pc=1;fd=1;fs=0;sp2=0;a=;sbj=pid526;kw=;chan=homework;syn=about;tile=4;r=10;u=25jvqo411cqtrj;sz=728x91;ord=1586FKX05OkW[1].htm
    08/09/2005 06:22 PM 4,893
    homework_italian;svc=;site=italian;t=1;pc=1;fd=1;fs=1;sp2=0;a=;sbj=pid526;kw=;chan=homework;syn=about;tile=3;r=-2;u=25jvqo411cqtrj;sz=336x280;ord=1589MM12E20[1].htm
    ====

    I used the ARJ32 archiver with the command:
    ARJ32 a TEST22 STE7OPEF\*.*

    Note: STE7OPEF is one folder in the Windows section of Temp Internet
    files.

    The result is the file TEST22.ARJ, the file that holds all 608 files
    with LFNs.

    I copy this file to an external ZIP drive.
    My ZIP disk now holds TEST22.ARJ
    then I create a new folder on the Hard Disk and I extract from the ZIP
    disk onto this new folder.

    Result: I have all the original files with their LFNs.
    I could have taken this ZIP to another computer at another location and
    there transfer all these files with their LFNs.

    Best wishes,
    Ogato
     
    ogato, Aug 21, 2005
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