Trados 2009 Error: The specified path, file name or both is too long...
Thread poster: Sara Alvarado
Sara Alvarado  Identity Verified
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May 9, 2010

I am translating a project of 3 files (.doc) with Trados Suite 2009. Two can be translated without problems but the 3rd gives me this error on trying to open the file: "Error. The specified path, file name, or both are too long. The fully qualified file name must be less than 260 characters, and the directory name must be less than 248 characters". The file name is only 5 letters long so what can I do to access the file for translation?

Sara Alvarado


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Cesar Gil
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File route too deep May 10, 2010

Sara Alvarado wrote:

I am translating a project of 3 files (.doc) with Trados Suite 2009. Two can be translated without problems but the 3rd gives me this error on trying to open the file: "Error. The specified path, file name, or both are too long. The fully qualified file name must be less than 260 characters, and the directory name must be less than 248 characters". The file name is only 5 letters long so what can I do to access the file for translation?

Sara Alvarado


Hi Sara,
It may be not a problem of the file name but of the file path (too many subfolders)
Hope it helps
Cesar


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Natalex  Identity Verified
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take pains to be careful Oct 23, 2012

I see the tread is pretty old, but still, I had the same problem today and after having some 20 tries at solving it I noticed that I wasn't paying enough attention to the folder the project would go to. So I created a new folder in the same folder with the unopened file for translating - and the process rocketed ahead) Btw, I didn't give the new folder any particular name - I left it as 'New Folder'.

(for me, it's C/desktop/Folder1/Folder2/Folder3/MyNewly-CreatedFolder)

When I tried to shorten the name of the file, it didn't help!

[Редактировалось 2012-10-23 19:43 GMT]


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FarkasAndras
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It all adds up Oct 23, 2012

The limit is for the total file path, i.e. all the folders plus the file name. The problem usually occurs if there are many levels of nested folders, but it could happen if you have an extremely long file name right in the root (C:\looooooooooooooooongfilename.doc, with about 250 o's in there).
You can shorten the name of the file, shorten the name of a folder or move the file so that there are fewer levels of folders, whatever is more convenient. Obviously it doesn't matter what you call your folder, as long as the name is not too, well, long.
In case it's not obvious, this is not a Trados error per se. This is a limitation of Windows. (Unless Trados has a lower limit than the 256-character limit that Windows imposes.)


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