Overly Long File Names

Stuart Halliday StuartH at ecs-tech.com
Thu Oct 4 08:46:40 GMT 2007

> On Wed, Oct 03, 2007 at 10:30:55AM +0100, Stuart Halliday wrote:
> > Cygwin needs to drop support for Windows 98.
> > They plan to do this 'sometime'.
> I wonder if defining MAXPATHLEN to a larger value would work or not?


> That value is supposed to represent the largest string that can be
> passed to a file-handling OS function.  If it is smaller than what
> calls such as open() can handle successfully, increasing it will
> tell rsync what the real limit is.  The value I've seen under cygwin
> is a pitiful 512 bytes or so, which is much smaller than the normal
> 4096 of other systems.
> ..wayne..

>From what I've read on the Cygwin forums, it's the basic libraries that
need re-writing to support long names.
If you look on them, you'll see the reasons they state.

Stuart Halliday

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