Python utility convert Windows long file name into 8.3 DOS format

Simon Brunning simon.brunning at
Thu Oct 28 12:32:02 CEST 2004

On Thu, 28 Oct 2004 10:55:16 +0200, vincent wehren
<vincent at> wrote:
> Just note that GetShortPathName expects a valid and accessible path in
> your file system.

Which is just as it should be. Files that don't exist don't *have*
short names. One might be able to put together a function that
*guesses* what short name Windows would be likely to give a new file
with a given long name, but it would be pretty unreliable, I reckon.

Simon B,
simon.brunning at,

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