Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 30th May 2016 21:14 UTC, submitted by Răzvan T. Coloja

The maximum length for a path (file name and its directory route) - also known as MAX_PATH - has been defined by 260 characters. But with the latest Windows 10 Insider preview, Microsoft is giving users the ability to increase the limit.

The recent most Windows 10 preview is enabling users to change the 260 characters limit. As mentioned in the description, "Enabling NTFS long paths will allow manifested win32 applications and Windows Store applications to access paths beyond the normal 260 char limit per node."

Did anyone ever run into this limit? It seems like something that would really be bothersome on servers.

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Often Run in to this
by IgnitusBoyone on Tue 31st May 2016 14:37 UTC
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Windows has two annoying limits that most UNIX systems do not have. Its maximum command length is pretty short and the maximum path is very short. I like to keep my external deps in the same structure as they would on a *NIX system and when installing boost the doc folder often exceeds this path length and when I do not use private includes in CMAKE the -I flags can often add up and exceed the maximum command length which leads to some fun failures.

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