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Long path file names (greater than 260 characters)

Long path file names (greater than 260 characters)

Walter H.11
Explorer | Level 4

I have a few hundred files with paths that are more than 260 characters.  However, I have Windows 10 set to enable long file paths (greater than 260 characters), and my experience is that Dropbox will properly sync files with paths greater than 260 characters.   Assuming this is the case, would there be any reason to take the time to identify files with long path names and reduce the path names to be under the traditional limit Windows limit of 260 characters?  If I do decide to reduce the file path lengths, should I do this on the Windows side or on the Dropbox side?

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Re: Long path file names (greater than 260 characters)

Jay
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Hi @Walter H.11, thanks for messaging today!

 

If you've enabled the long file paths, then you shouldn't have any issues with syncing, so you wouldn't need to identify those files. The unlikely situation is if you install the app on a Windows machine which doesn't have the long file path fix implemented.

 

If you do need to change the file path, the easiest method is via the Dropbox folder, since those changes will sync to the site instantly and be reflected on other devices too.

 

Hope this helps to clarify matters!


Jay
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Re: Long path file names (greater than 260 characters)

Jay
Dropboxer

Hi @Walter H.11, thanks for messaging today!

 

If you've enabled the long file paths, then you shouldn't have any issues with syncing, so you wouldn't need to identify those files. The unlikely situation is if you install the app on a Windows machine which doesn't have the long file path fix implemented.

 

If you do need to change the file path, the easiest method is via the Dropbox folder, since those changes will sync to the site instantly and be reflected on other devices too.

 

Hope this helps to clarify matters!


Jay
Community Moderator @ Dropbox
dropbox.com/support


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