[Mono-list] PathTooLongException workaround for mono?

Robert Jordan robertj at gmx.net
Tue Jun 15 15:20:15 EDT 2010

On 15.06.2010 20:23, David S wrote:
> Thats cool and everything, but I want to be able to go past the C# limit on
> path size. So while that was informative, it doesn't really answer my

The limit is imposed by Mono's io-layer and it's not configurable.
If you need more than 260 chars that you could use Mono.Posix.

> question. On Windows apparently you can call an API function and use "\\?\"
> as a prefix and have a path length of 32,767 or even have it unbounded in
> some cases.

You cannot use these escaped paths with MS.NET or Mono.


> On Tue, Jun 15, 2010 at 5:51 AM, Christopher David Howie
> <me at chrishowie.com>wrote:
>> On 06/15/2010 04:12 AM, David S wrote:
>>> While I personally have not hit the max character boundry, my
>>> application should probably know how to avoid that considering its
>>> nothing but IO operations. The only information I have found was a msdn
>>> page about Windows API calls I could use on
>>> windows
>> http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa365247(VS.85).aspx#maxpath.
>>> So, im guessing I have to find some Linux and Mac API calls and just
>>> deal with the different OSes?
>> Yeah.  Btw, Google rocks for that:
>> <
>> http://stackoverflow.com/questions/833291/is-there-an-equivalent-to-winapis-max-path-under-linux-unix
>>> .
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