REACT:Using Short Filenames
It is possible, depending on your file naming scheme, that you may produce file paths that are too long for the command line (255 characters, or 260 for full paths).
If you encounter this problem you can adapt your config file using a workaround to create DOS 8.3 format file paths from their Windows equivalents.
The test code (you can save this as a batch file and run it to see what happens) is as follows:
REM Populate our variable shortValue with the short version of our path CALL :GetShortPath "C:\This is a long path\to a file.mp3" shortValue REM Display the short value ECHO %shortValue% REM Pause PAUSE GOTO:EOF REM Convert a long file path to a short file path :GetShortPath SET %2=%~fs1 GOTO:EOF
This creates a "function" that will convert a long file path to a short file path. The first line passes the long path, and the name of the variable that should be set to the short path value ("shortValue") to the function. The value of "shortValue" is then ECHO'd to the screen.
Below is an example using real config code:
REM Remove original code REM MOVE /Y "@image@" %dest% REM MOVE /Y "@cuesheet@" %dest% REM Create short name variables CALL :GetShortPath %dest% destShortPath CALL :GetShortPath "@image@" imageShortPath CALL :GetShortPath "@cuesheet@" cuesheetShortPath REM Move using short names MOVE /Y %imageShortPath% %destShortPath% MOVE /Y %cuesheetShortPath% %destShortPath%
This requires the following code to be appended to the end of your config file.
:GetShortPath SET %2=%~fs1 GOTO:EOF
Warning: Using this technique will result in these files becoming quite unmanageable in Windows. The best solution is to ensure that your paths are as short as possible, e.g.: by ripping and moving to the root of a drive.
One solution to these issues may be creating a virtual drive, mapped to a long folder path. This can easily be achieved on the command line using SUBST, e.g.:
SUBST R: "C:\Documents and Settings\My Long Name\My Documents\My Music\My Ripped Music"
You can then access "C:\Documents and Settings\My Long Name\My Documents\My Music\My Ripped Music\Pixies\Doolittle\01 - Debaser.mp3" using the virtual path "R:\Pixies\Doolittle\01 - Debaser.mp3".
NB: Using SUBST, the symbolic link will be lost after a reboot. If you want to keep the mapping after reboot there are a few suggestions in the following links: