File name too long
Thread poster: Spencer Allman

Spencer Allman
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:02
Finnish to English
Feb 11

I am working with Studio 2011

When I try to import a package I get the message 'specified path, or file name. are too long

I have tried shortening the name, the path, and the other fix that SFL suggests re TEMP file. etc.

Nothing works

Any ideas please?


Christian Schaller  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:02
Member (Jan 2018)
English to German
Shortening the path should be sufficient Feb 11

From my experience, all you need to do is shorten the path. If need be, make it something like c:\xxx and no more, i.e. don't use any subfolders and keep the name as short as possible. That used to do the trick for me.


Tomás Cano Binder, BA, CT  Identity Verified
Local time: 20:02
Member (2005)
English to Spanish
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Your local path for Studio project+project subfolder name+path of files in the package is too long Feb 11

Yes, I have this every now and then. It is caused by the names of the files contained in the package are already very long (the client did not think of long filenames being problematic at different stages). When I add to that length a long folder name in my computer (i.e. a subfolder of my project folder), the path is too long and Studio won't unpack.

When opening the package, in the box where you specify the folder the project will be unpacked into, simply choose a disk's root folder or a very short subfolder name inside your Studio project folder. This should do the trick for this project.

Adriana Arcaute

Adriana Arcaute
Local time: 13:02
Member (2010)
English to Spanish
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I got this problem with Studio 15 and and a package. After several failed tries at "shortening" the path, I just copied and pasted the Studio Package to my Samsung external memory and it worked. Studio was happy about it and allowed me to open the package from there.


John Fossey  Identity Verified
Local time: 14:02
Member (2008)
French to English
Save to root for the job Jul 3

I have occasionally had this problem. A workaround is to create the project folder in the drive root, such as C:, then when you are finished the job move the project folder out of the root to wherever you want to save it.


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