Microsoft KB Archive/101635

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Explorer and File Manager Cannot Enumerate Path Longer Than 260 Characters

Article ID: 101635

Article Last Modified on 11/1/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.5
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 3.51
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q101635

Any attempts to enumerate paths longer than 260 characters fails with File Manager, Explorer, and traversing the directory tree in a MS-DOS window in Windows NT. Other operations, such as setting Windows NT or Macintosh permissions in Windows NT, fail as well. This behavior can cause problems when you run Windows NT Services for Macintosh (SFM) because Macintosh paths often exceed 260 characters.

To work around this limitation, view the directory or set the required permissions on a Macintosh.

NOTE: Because of this limitation, you cannot backup these directories using Microsoft Windows NT Backup.

Additional query words: prodnt 3.10 mac

Keywords: kbinterop KB101635