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Each time I delete the old, though, I trip over one file (I'm guessing one, anyway) whose path, I assume, is too long, and I get a message to the effect that Windows cannot delete "items whose name is too long for the Recycle Bin. Do you want to permanently delete it?" Pain.
I click "yes to all" and everything is fine, but I've got to keep an eye on things and do this manually, every time. I'd like to find the d**** file and rename it, but haven't figured out how to do it.
I should mention that I've already set the target for "My Documents" to a very short name... in my case d:\mydocs\
I'm guessing that this problem is due to probably one file that was automatically named by some app. I'm just trying to locate it. I think Total Commander will rename or delete it after that. If not, I'll need to come back for more advice.
Any thoughts for finding it, somewhere among a great many folders, in some automated way?
Try chkdsk.exe - its a standard Windows component that can be run from cmd.exe. You may need to use an extra switch or two, I'm not sure.
try doing a windows file name search for all files with more than 255 characters using filename wildcarding:?...(for a total of 255 consecutive question marks)...?*
Intriguing idea... worth a shot.
I don't offhand understand how I'd use chkdsk.exe to find a long file.
The long name, incidentally, came from a test in which I'd used IE to save a client's original home page to disk, and it named the folder for the original home page title... probably 150 characters long. ;)
I'd never noticed the folder name because the display was truncated and buried in a project subfolder.
[edited by: Robert_Charlton at 4:31 am (utc) on Mar. 29, 2008]