Re: Cannot delete file

Discussion in 'Security Software' started by FromTheRafters, Mar 26, 2011.

  1. I've never encountered this problem, but I am curious that if it is an
    "Explorer" problem whether an alternate shell or the command line would
    be able to fix it as well.
    FromTheRafters, Mar 26, 2011
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  2. It is a Windows API limitation. When programmers write programs for
    Windows, they use standard Windows functions to deal with files.
    Many of these standard functions have the 260 character limit on the
    path. Some programs can be written specifically to avoid API
    functions with limitation. Among them are NTBackup and Robocopy.
    With some programs, you can avoid the limitation by specifying the
    file using an extended-length path syntax (ie \\?\C:\Documents and

    Refer to the following article, Paragraph "Maximum Path Length
    Limitation" (about 1/3 the way down).

    "Naming Files, Pathes, and Namespaces"

    John Wunderlich, Mar 26, 2011
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  3. Thanks John. I guess the OP was not correct in the assertion that it was
    an "Explorer" problem, and the command line can indeed be used if you
    avoid the sanity check by //?/.

    If I do come across a problem with files using reserved words (or path
    too long) I use Linux's support of NTFS to access them.
    FromTheRafters, Mar 27, 2011
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    Jack Toff Guest

    None of you realize the guy's a spammer.
    Jack Toff, Mar 28, 2011
  5. You are wrong.
    FromTheRafters, Mar 29, 2011
  6. FromTheRafters

    Peter Foldes Guest


    This person has been posting the same all over the old MS newsgroups and uses
    different aliases and has been doing the same posting over the years.

    He is a spammer

    Please Reply to Newsgroup for the benefit of others
    Requests for assistance by email can not and will not be acknowledged.
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    Peter Foldes, Mar 30, 2011
  7. FromTheRafters

    Jack Toff Guest

    ROFL! You must have your head buried deep in the sand.
    Jack Toff, Mar 30, 2011
  8. I know.

    The poster I am replying to was wrong to assume that we didn't know that
    already, not wrong about the OP being a spammer.
    FromTheRafters, Mar 31, 2011
  9. You must have poor comprehension.
    FromTheRafters, Mar 31, 2011
  10. How do you figure?

    Please explain that non sequitur (and try not to piss on yourself).
    FromTheRafters, Mar 31, 2011
  11. FromTheRafters

    Jack Toff Guest

    You must have poor communication skills, as well as being a troll.
    Jack Toff, Mar 31, 2011
  12. You're the one *wrongly* claiming to know what we do or don't realize.
    FromTheRafters, Mar 31, 2011
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