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I have a pretty basic problem here. I'm using Windows Vista (don't ask why) and I'm trying to zip up a directory structure (using WINZIP) and getting the following error:

"The compression cannot be performed because the path to the file or directory 'xxx_filename.extension' is too long."

When compressing, the length of the path to some of the files deeper in the directory structure exceeds the allowable path length. This seems like it's either a bug within windows or WINZIP. Does anyone know any hacks or workarounds to get around this? This is happening for not one, but many files. Any ideas are appreciated. Thanks!
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Windows and WinZIP will only allow a total of 256 characters for a folder/path. The only way around it it to move the files into a shortened path.... eg: C:\Misc\*.* or by shortening the folder names (before atttempting to zip) to something like C:\Misc (for Miscellaneous) or C:\Progra~1 (for C:\Program Files) or C:\Docs (for Documents and Settings).

After zipping, you can rename the folders back to their normal full length names. It's time consuming but workable. You might also try WinRAR as I believe it has 4 more character totals than WinZIP does for a total of 260 characters. You might get some more help by reading this document:

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