During a file transfer I receive the error "The path is too long." and the transfer aborts.
This error is generated when the total length of the path to a file involved in the transfer exceeds 254 characters. This is a limitation of the file system not being able to accommodate paths that are too long.
Re-organize your directory structure so the path to the file(s) is less than 254 characters in
Tip: The steps below should help you locate the source of this error. You should have a basic familiarity with navigating your file system in DOS before proceeding with these steps.
1. Click on the Start menu and select Run.
2. Open up a DOS command prompt by typing in COMMAND (if you have Windows NT/2K/XP) or CMD (if you have Windows 9x/ME).
3. Use the cd DOS command to switch to the directory that you are attempting to synch. For example if you are trying to synchronize C:\Documents and Settings\AlexS\My Documents, you would type in the command cd "C:\Documents and Settings\AlexS\My Documents" .
4. Type in the following command: dir *.* /b /s > dir.txt
After entering in the last command, you will see a flashing cursor as a list of all directories and subdirectories is compiled and outputted to the dir.txt file. Once the flashing cursor has disappeared, you will again be at a command prompt. Now type in the following command:
This will open up the dir.txt file in Notepad. From here you can scan through the list to help you identify paths that exceed 254 characters in length.
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