1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Can't open or rename file (name is too long) WTF?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by oli_ramsay, Jun 6, 2008.

  1. oli_ramsay

    oli_ramsay

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2007
    Messages:
    3,476 (1.36/day)
    Thanks Received:
    569
    Location:
    UK
    [​IMG]

    There's no context menu for rename, I've also tried clicking on it when it's highlightd (which usually changes name too). It wont open in realplayer VLC or WMP.

    [​IMG]
    I get this error when trying to open it.

    I've also tried to convert it but thje converter software says unknown file type.

    Any help much appreciated! :toast:
     
  2. Solaris17

    Solaris17 Creator Solaris Utility DVD

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2005
    Messages:
    17,201 (5.18/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,558
    Location:
    Florida
    close all programs

    navigate to it in explorer...right click and rename :)

    you can also do it in safemode that should fix any probs with renaming though if your hainv g trouble renaming now with everything closed reboot and before you do anything rename it :)
     
  3. amd64skater

    amd64skater

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2006
    Messages:
    611 (0.20/day)
    Thanks Received:
    20
    Location:
    Jacksonville ,Florida
    its a bad file ive had that too just delete it and download it and change it to what you like.
     
  4. oli_ramsay

    oli_ramsay

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2007
    Messages:
    3,476 (1.36/day)
    Thanks Received:
    569
    Location:
    UK
    [​IMG]

    Same thing in safe mode. There must be a way! I'm deteremined to make it work lol
     
  5. oli_ramsay

    oli_ramsay

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2007
    Messages:
    3,476 (1.36/day)
    Thanks Received:
    569
    Location:
    UK
    fixed it! :)

    Changed the file path by renaming containing folder to "g" instead of "Marillion - 1985 - Misplaced Childhood (2-Disc 1998 Remaster) [VBR]"

    :toast:
     
  6. hat

    hat Maximum Overclocker

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2006
    Messages:
    16,920 (5.92/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,064
    Location:
    Ohio
    any specific reason you renamed it to g? would q have worked? or any other single character?
     
    Crunching for Team TPU
  7. EnglishLion

    EnglishLion New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2005
    Messages:
    461 (0.14/day)
    Thanks Received:
    45
    Location:
    Peterborough, UK
    I use some software at work that installs OK from HDD unless the path to the folder contains a space in which case it I get a similar error about 'too many characters'.

    Unrelated but still kind of interesting.
     
  8. lemonadesoda

    lemonadesoda

    Joined:
    Aug 30, 2006
    Messages:
    6,250 (2.13/day)
    Thanks Received:
    963
    Very easy to fix.

    Go to the parent folder, and rename is "x". Now the path is shorter. See if that works. If not copy the parent directory "x" to the root drive. Bingo.
     
  9. GeoNOregon New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2008
    Messages:
    18 (0.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Like so damn many things in M$ products, it's a misleading message. It's not necessarily the filename, but it could be - the problem is the entire pathname is too long. You diod the best you could by renaming a folder.

    This was a real problem in the early, early days of CD burning. Nero didn't like long pathname in the least, I can remember burning some work related CD's with my drivers, tool apps & manuals on them and having some tedious times going back and renaming stuff.
     
  10. Darknova

    Darknova

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2006
    Messages:
    5,037 (1.76/day)
    Thanks Received:
    535
    Location:
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    You can't have a pathname more than 255 characters long. That includes ALL containing folders.

    That's why I think 99% of people need to be re-taught how to zip things up.

    "Can't extract, file patch exceeds 255 characters."

    *sigh*
     
  11. GeoNOregon New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2008
    Messages:
    18 (0.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    That's the number I have cursed, now that you mention it. I saw a system one time on a service call where the person used folders like they were a frickin' note page - there were all these little essays disguised as folder names when you opened Explorer. I asked why she did this since it you couldn't put a file or a sub-folder in them, (255 limit).

    Her reply was it didn't matter, it was handy for her....

    People use computers in ALL kinds of ways, I've found. Though, it did stick with me and I now make 'notes' in directories, particularly in folders where I download software to when testing applications. I just make a new 'text' file and use the filename for the 'quick look' note for things like "no forum" or "30 days free", etc, etc... it is handy
     
  12. ax_Cap New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2013
    Messages:
    1 (0.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1
    Solved!!!!!

    Use 7zip.

    open the 7zip file manager, go to the folder of the long name file, select the file, right click on it and select "rename".
    erase some of the words of the file and press enter.

    regards!!!!!
     
    Tester100 says thanks.
  13. FordGT90Concept

    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2008
    Messages:
    13,551 (6.26/day)
    Thanks Received:
    3,492
    Location:
    IA, USA
    Thread necro...

    When in doubt, use CMD.

    1. Run CMD
    2. Use CD <path> to navigate to the directory where the file exists.
    3. Use the DIR command to get the list of files. DIR will likely abbreviate the ridiculously long named file with NAME~1.
    4. Use the MOVE <source> <destination> to give the file a new name. For example: move "NAME~1" "MyShortName"
    5. ...
    6. PROFIT!

    CMD is always the answer. ;)
     
    Crunching for Team TPU
  14. Mussels

    Mussels Moderprator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    42,207 (11.62/day)
    Thanks Received:
    9,511
    you could have shortened the folder names that its in as well.
     
    remixedcat says thanks.
  15. remixedcat

    remixedcat

    Joined:
    May 13, 2010
    Messages:
    2,792 (1.76/day)
    Thanks Received:
    598
    here to join the necrophillia.....

    use dBpoweramp's tag editor as well.
     
  16. krowey New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2013
    Messages:
    2 (0.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Can't delete or change file name

    If simplifying the file and folder name is not an option, i guess the best thing to do is to use a third party app like Long Path Tool. Just download it and use it to solve this issue. I hope this would help.
     
  17. jonnyGURU

    jonnyGURU

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2007
    Messages:
    72 (0.03/day)
    Thanks Received:
    29
    More necro fun..... Just had the same problem.

    CMD doesn't work either BTW. I get the same error, but within CMD.

    Here's how I fixed it... I can't move or rename the file, but if I right click on it, email to recipient is an option. So I emailed the file to myself. Once I received the email, instead of just saving it with the same file name, I did a save as and saved it with a shorter file name.
     
  18. kashu200 New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2013
    Messages:
    1 (0.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Use A Software Called PathScanner and Find All Path Exceeded 255 Character then Manually Rename!
     
  19. Jetster

    Jetster

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2010
    Messages:
    4,954 (2.91/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,992
    Location:
    Oregon
    Geez, it was a set up. Downloaded from a fairly common pirated site to mess with you.
     
    remixedcat says thanks.
  20. remixedcat

    remixedcat

    Joined:
    May 13, 2010
    Messages:
    2,792 (1.76/day)
    Thanks Received:
    598
    scan with norton hurr hurr
     
  21. jonnyGURU

    jonnyGURU

    Joined:
    Apr 24, 2007
    Messages:
    72 (0.03/day)
    Thanks Received:
    29
    haha... no. In my case I just ripped a CD with an unusually long song title.
     
  22. kevinto New Member

    Joined:
    May 26, 2014
    Messages:
    1 (0.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    I remember experiencing this issue back in the days
    I have downloaded Long Path Tool it works like a charm and it certainly helped me a lot..
     
  23. yesme

    yesme

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2014
    Messages:
    1 (0.01/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Thanks a lot Mate, it works!!!!!
     
  24. Tester100 New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2014
    Messages:
    1 (0.04/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    I have just signed up to say a huge thanks! There were so many trash results in Google... Cmd hasn't helped, then there were results so trial crapware posted by 1 post accounts on other forums. The solution with 7zip is just great, thanks again! A VLC media player recording had an incredible long name, which was on a user folder on C:, so renaming higher folders wasn't really possible.
     

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)

Share This Page