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Subject: Re: [boost] [build] File / path lengths difficult to manage on Windows
From: Simon Sasburg (simon.sasburg_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-11-13 19:45:36

> There are some downsides to this, such as losing current directories and
> relative paths. (Also, there are many applications that still only use the
> ANSI APIs, which do not accept the magic marker.)

Even worse, windows explorer still seems to be using the ANSI api's (or it
is itself introducing path limits?), and cannot reliably interact with
files in long paths.
So it may very well be a deliberate decision on the part of 7zip to not let
the user end up with files they can't delete and such.
In windows 7 i've previously noticed explorer doing some trickery with the
shortform filenames (with the ~1 thingies) to reduce path length, but i
can't seem to trigger this now.

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