How to delete Files names which are too long for Windows

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I am running Resilio Sync 2.4.4 on Windows Server 2012 Datacentre edition, where I have some encrypted folders. For one of the folders I have decided to disconnect it and now I am left with all the encrypted files on the Server which I want to delete.

I have exceyted the delete in windowsm however for some files, I am getting the error that the file name is too long and can not be delete, and that I should rename the file or move the file too a shorter path.

Unfortunately, for reasons I do not know, I am not able to rename the file or move it to a shorter path. Since Resilio Sync created these files, how do I now delete these files  from the server.

Also for review by Resilio Sync, is why does Resilio sync create files/paths which are too long for Windows to manage!


Thanks for any advice how to delete the files.


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@maccra @chuck4100 This is a common issue of Explorer, not of the application itself. In Windows, there are 2 sets of files API. One works with only paths up to 255 symbols, while another (newer) API supports up to 32K paths. Here is a resource providing a number of ways to clean up long filenames. Pick one that is easier for you.

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