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Sigh! Vista still has 260 character Path limitation!

Posted By: CSharpener     Posted Date: August 29, 2010    Points: 0   Category :ASP.Net
I recently discovered, the hard way, that Microsoft Vista still has a limit of a maximum 260 characters for the Path.   You can enter all the characters you probably want in [Control Panel | System | Advanced System Settings | Environment Variables | Path] but when you subsequently execute "Path" in a Windows Command Processor Console, you will see your result gets truncated at 260.   Worse, one day you will try to execute a command and it just won't happen,.and you may have one heck of a time figuring out why it failed.  Even worse, some sotware you run may try to execute an external dependency, under the reasonable assumption that it can be found in your path.  You're likely to have an even more difficult time diagnosing that! How do you get a path longer than 260 characters?  Some forum trolls maintain that it's a ridiculous question and could only happen to a brain-dead Windows wimp.  Not me.  I'm senior software architect and engineer, and I try things out.  I'm always learning new technologies and experimenting with new tools.  You give me a shiny new machine with all the memory and processor you think is state of the art and I will soon have it filled up with developer goodies.  Now, if you, like me, start installing frameworks, language systems, editors, database systems, utilities, an

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