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Re: file name too long

On Tue, Feb 24, 2009 at 4:27 PM, Tim McDaniel <> wrote:
> On Tue, 24 Feb 2009, Paul Cantalupo <hey, I remembers to expunge
> this!> wrote:
>> 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.
> I have a vague memory that the limit includes the current directory
> path. ?Anyone else know whether that's true or not?

The issue is definitely an issue with the full path length.  There may
also be a max filename length, but I have not come across it.

>> Is there a workaround to this problem other than installing Linux?

Since your just trying to extract a tar file, create a directory
"c:/a" then cd into it and try to extract from there.  We use that
trick fairly often.

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