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Inadmissible file names

Inadmissible file names

rdvark17
Explorer | Level 3

I'm getting an error message that says "You can't copy the item 'KAR2017009H0312-00332_72dpi 1600px square.jpg' because its name is too long or includes characters that are invalid on the destination volume." I don't understand what's wrong with this name.  45 letters (fewer than 270!) with no special characters, aside from - and _.  Thanks for your help.

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Re: Inadmissible file names

Rich
Super User II

@rdvark17 wrote:

I don't understand what's wrong with this name.  45 letters (fewer than 270!)


The 260 character limit (technically, 259 with one null character) isn't just for the file's name. It includes the full path to the file starting with the drive letter and ending with the null character at the end. If you have that file located in the following path, the character count would be 104 characters; not 45.

 

 

C:\Users\Username\Dropbox\Folder1\Folder2\Folder3\Folder4\KAR2017009H0312-00332_72dpi 1600px square.jpg 

 

 

Keep in mind that the message you're getting is from Windows and has nothing to do with Dropbox. This is a Windows limitation.

Re: Inadmissible file names

rdvark17
Explorer | Level 3
Thanks, Rich. I should have mentioned that I use a Mac. 104 characters would still still be well under what I understood to be a 270 character limit, no?

Re: Inadmissible file names

rdvark17
Explorer | Level 3
I mean 260.

Re: Inadmissible file names

Mark
Super User II

Dropbox applies the limit across all devices so it doesnt cause issues on connected computers. 

 

https://help.dropbox.com/organize/file-names


 


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Re: Inadmissible file names

rdvark17
Explorer | Level 3

My issue is that I can't upload my files because of the error message, or rather the thing that caused the message to appear. I repeat: no special characters in my filenames, and a maximum of about 120 characters (well below the 260 limit). So what's the problem? If I can't solve it I can't use Dropbox.

Re: Inadmissible file names

Rich
Super User II

@rdvark17 wrote:

So what's the problem? If I can't solve it I can't use Dropbox.


Upload the file to a higher level in your Dropbox, or in the Dropbox root itself, to see if you still get the error.

Re: Inadmissible file names

rdvark17
Explorer | Level 3

Thanks, Rich, but I'm just a simple photographer; I don't know what "Upload the file to a higher level in your Dropbox, or in the Dropbox root itself" mean. Could you explain?

 

Best,

 

Richard

Re: Inadmissible file names

Rich
Super User II

@rdvark17 wrote:

I don't know what "Upload the file to a higher level in your Dropbox, or in the Dropbox root itself" mean. Could you explain?


Upload it to the top level of your Dropbox; not in a subfolder. That shortens the path/full filename length. See if you continue to get the error.

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