shorten path to files

Larry Bates larry.bates at`
Fri Jun 27 15:26:10 CEST 2008

cesco wrote:
> Hi,
> I need to retrieve the content of some files which are placed on a
> network drive so in order to open them I need the full path to the
> file.
> Unfortunately some times the path is longer than 256 characters and in
> Windows such a path is too long with the result that the file is not
> found (though it is there).
> Is there any way around this?
> Thanks
> Francesco

You have some other problem.  The path limit of 256 characters is a DOS limit 
not a Windows limit.  You can have paths longer than 256 characters, just not in 
a command prompt window.  If not, how could the file have ever been created (you 
said the file was actually there)?

You can also map a drive to some parent folder:

net use p: \\server\folder1\folder2\folder3\folder4

then access the files relative to this drive.


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