LeRoy Cressy on 1 Nov 2005 13:55:55 -0000

[Date Prev] [Date Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Date Index] [Thread Index]

Re: [PLUG] OT - winxp file evaporation

Hash: SHA512

Michael C Finn wrote:
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Doug Crompton" <doug@crompton.com>
> Sent: Wednesday, October 26, 2005 03:34 PM
>>When creating nested, long filename directories there is a potential for
>>unexpected files loss. I had a tree about 7-10 deep with names that were
>>rather long at most levels. When attempting to manipulate the files in a
>>directory window at the bottom of the tree (left click the filename to
>>mark and right click to display the actions) the file immediately
>>disappeared from view. No warning no nothing. At first I thought I had a
>>virus or some other system problem but that is not the case. This is a
>>real windows bug. I was able to recreate it and it seems that in general
>>windows treatment of file paths over the 256 character limit is handled
>>very poorly. Just beware. I lost an important file last night. In
>>disbelief I spent a great deal of time trying to fine it to no avail. When
>>this problem happens it just evaporates. I assume it is still really
>>somewhere until overwritten but it does not appear in any directory or any
>>This was on WinXP media center 2005 edition.
> It's worse than a Windows bug; it's a Windows design feature!
> I have a copy of the Windows 95 Resource Kit book.  Beginning with long file
> name support in Win 95, maximum filename component length is 255 characters
> and maximum path length is 260 characters. In the administrative
> considerations subchapter, it is suggested that file names be limited to 50 to
> 75 characters and to keep total path length in mind when using nested file
> folders so there will be room for copying and moving files.
> As far as I know, all subsequent versions right up to XP follow that same
> rule.

I think that you can find your file if you mount the filesystem as a
msdos file system

mount -t msdos /dev/fatfs-dev /mountpoint
This will take away all of the long filenames from view, and every file
will be 8.3

This might work, though I never tried it.

- --
 Rev. LeRoy D. Cressy  mailto:leroy@lrcressy.com   /\_/\
                       http://lrcressy.com        ( o.o )
                       Phone:  215-535-4037        > ^ <
                       FAX:    215-535-4285

gpg fingerprint:  62DE 6CAB CEE1 B1B3 359A  81D8 3FEF E6DA 8501 AFEA

For info on enigmail:    http://lrcressy.com/linux/mozilla.pdf
For info on gpg:         http://www.gnupg.org/

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life:
no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6)
Version: GnuPG v1.4.1 (GNU/Linux)
Comment: Using GnuPG with Debian - http://enigmail.mozdev.org

Philadelphia Linux Users Group         --        http://www.phillylinux.org
Announcements - http://lists.phillylinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug-announce
General Discussion  --   http://lists.phillylinux.org/mailman/listinfo/plug