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file name too long


I updated my cygwin installation to 1.5.25-15 but I'm still getting
'file name too long' errors when trying to extract a .tgz archive that
contains some really long pathnames.

Here is an example of one of the errors:

tar: S1172_Spanish_Protin_Total_Nucleic_Acid/S1172_Spanish_Protin_Total_Nucleic_Acid.fa.cdhit_out.masked.goodSeq_HGblast/S1172_Spanish_Protin_Total_Nucleic_Acid.fa.cdhit_out.masked.goodSeq_file7.HGblast.out:
Cannot open: File name too long

This name is only 201 chars long; I thought Windows max file length
was 255. Interestingly, even some of the files that 'tar' can extract,
'ls' returns an error when I try to see the contents of the directory:

ls: cannot access
File name too long

I found this (
discussion of what seems to be the same problem that I am having. So,
was a fix ever implemented? Is there a workaround to this problem
other than installing Linux?

Thank you for your help,


Paul Cantalupo
Research Specialist/Systems Programmer
559 Crawford Hall
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Work: 412-624-4687
Fax: 412-624-4759

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