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DOS Window and long file names

Discussion in 'DOS/Other' started by Rockn, Dec 4, 2001.

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  1. Rockn

    Rockn Thread Starter

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    Just reinstalled Win98 recently and now when I open a DOS window and enter the dir command, all file names over the 8.3 format are truncated to look like C:\mydocu~1 etc. It used to display the whole file name spaces and all. Even typing them in changing directories I have to type them in that way. Just an annoyance and wonder if anyone knows how to change it.
     
  2. MacFromOK

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    Does it still show the long filenames on the right?
     
  3. Rockn

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    The right what? If you were referring to a WIndows Explorer window, the file names are displayed correctly there. It's only in a DOS window where they are truncated with the tilde.
     
  4. MacFromOK

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    I meant "on the right" of a DOS box.

    I'm just trying to figure out if your re-install eliminated
    your long filenames. I guess you show long filenames
    in an Explorer window?

    I only have Windows 95, and the DOS box always
    looks like the attached pic. I have to enclose long
    filenames in quotes for DOS commands if I don't
    want to use the truncated names.

    [EDIT]
    Oops, sorry. I missed you said they displayed OK
    in the Explorer window... :(
     

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    Gotcha....mine looks just like yours. I guess it's just the problem with having to type the truncated file names when changing directories that bugs me. It has never done it b4 the reinstall.
     
  6. mole

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    Rockn,

    Makes me wonder if you are using the same version of the command interpreter you were using before the reinstall.

    If you search for command.com on your hard drive, how many different places does it show up? Are all the date stamps the same or are they different? If they are different and you explicitly call each one (specify the full path to the command.com file) do any of them provide the behavior you are used to?

    Mac, I agree that it looks like the long file names have all been turned into 8x3's, but it seems to me other problems would be evident if that happened.

    Weird.
     
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