[Samba] Windows 10 long path woes

Patrick Goetz pgoetz at math.utexas.edu
Fri Feb 25 18:38:58 UTC 2022

On 2/23/22 07:26, gs at wvac.club wrote:
> I believe that while that GPO enabled long paths for Windows 
> filesystems, unfortunately any application that has not been updated to 
> support the long filenames won't work, and that list currently includes 
> Windows Explorer (as of Windows 10 21H2, my test case).
> I tested a third-party file manager named "Files" 
> (https://files.community/), and it does support long paths. Using Files 
> I could create and manipulate content in paths longer than 260 
> characters. Unfortunately, not all applications work with files in those 
> paths. Notepad, Notepad++, and Adobe Acrobat worked fine with documents 
> in long paths, but neither Office 365 Word or Excel would even open a 
> document that had been copied into the path.

Thanks very much for this suggestion and for confirming that Explorer 
can't understand long paths. I spent way too much time trying to debug 
this, thinking I had done something wrong since surely Microsoft would 
make an integral part of their operating system like Explorer work with 
the rest of the operating system (what was I thinking, thinking this?)

Files might work for them, as mostly they're just copying PDFs to these 
locations.  I will suggest it to the managing digital archivist.

Thanks again!

> Perhaps this will help your archivists out and they can come up with 
> workarounds to manipulate data outside of the storage paths if they need 
> to do so.
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