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Hi,

When cleaning up some w2k computers in a classroom Explorer refuses to
delete a few files with *very* long filenames. It complains with 'file not
found'. The same happens when I try to delete these files from the
commandline using wildcards.

How can I delete files with extremely long filenames in win2k?

Thanks for a clue on this issue

rod
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.general (More info?)

    From: "Rod Janson" <rodney@janson.net>

    | Hi,
    |
    | When cleaning up some w2k computers in a classroom Explorer refuses to
    | delete a few files with *very* long filenames. It complains with 'file not
    | found'. The same happens when I try to delete these files from the
    | commandline using wildcards.
    |
    | How can I delete files with extremely long filenames in win2k?
    |
    | Thanks for a clue on this issue
    |
    | rod
    |

    If they are in deep folders, use the SUBST.EXE command to map a drive letter to a sub folder
    and try to delete them.

    Execute SUBST /? for the syntax.

    --
    Dave
    http://www.claymania.com/removal-trojan-adware.html
    http://www.ik-cs.com/got-a-virus.htm
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.general (More info?)

    On Fri, 19 Aug 2005 14:50:09 +0200, "Rod Janson" <rodney@janson.net> wrote:

    >Hi,
    >
    >When cleaning up some w2k computers in a classroom Explorer refuses to
    >delete a few files with *very* long filenames. It complains with 'file not
    >found'. The same happens when I try to delete these files from the
    >commandline using wildcards.
    >
    >How can I delete files with extremely long filenames in win2k?
    >
    >Thanks for a clue on this issue
    >
    >rod
    >
    See tip 9651 » How can I delete a folder that returns PATH TOO LONG?
    in the 'Tips & Tricks' at http://www.jsifaq.com
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    "Jerold Schulman" <Jerry@jsiinc.com> skrev i melding
    news:ajobg11ujrg14ih83efm9aotpij6rv7j1f@4ax.com...

    > See tip 9651 » How can I delete a folder that returns PATH TOO LONG?
    > in the 'Tips & Tricks' at http://www.jsifaq.com

    Thanks but it is the filename itself which is too long, not the folders or
    the path...

    Any clues on how to delete files with too long filenames? Rename using
    explorer does not work either :-(

    Rod
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win2000.general (More info?)

    On Fri, 19 Aug 2005 18:27:51 +0200, "Rod Janson" <rodney@janson.net> wrote:

    >"Jerold Schulman" <Jerry@jsiinc.com> skrev i melding
    >news:ajobg11ujrg14ih83efm9aotpij6rv7j1f@4ax.com...
    >
    >> See tip 9651 » How can I delete a folder that returns PATH TOO LONG?
    >> in the 'Tips & Tricks' at http://www.jsifaq.com
    >
    >Thanks but it is the filename itself which is too long, not the folders or
    >the path...
    >
    >Any clues on how to delete files with too long filenames? Rename using
    >explorer does not work either :-(
    >
    >Rod
    >
    Try copying the good files and sub-folders to a temporary location. Then run DelFolder
    Then create the folder and move the temo stuff back.

    Have you tried using the CMD.EXE windows and the short file name.

    Let's assume the file name is in the C:xyz folder and the long file name is
    LongFileName012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789.txt

    1. Open a CMD.EXE window
    2. pushd c:\xyz
    3. dir /x l*.txt
    4. del /q LONGFI~1.TXT
    5. popd
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