can't open a dir - long dir name

can't open a dir - long dir name

Post by leegol » Mon, 13 Oct 2003 10:01:48

Using Dos 6.22 on a Compaq w/Pentium 75.
Load from 3 disks - default, I did install CD driver,
but no other changes.

I did a dir command on a CD. I wanted to
access a directory on the cd drive D:
The directory name in DOS appears as: "BOOTDISK".
I could not access the directory. I then
put the CD in my Win2k pc noticed the name
of the dir was really "BOOTDISKS" and I could
access the dir.

I think I have a problem with file and directory name
lengths, any dir in DOS more than 8 chars is not
accessible. What's the fix in DOS to be able
to get into such directories w/long names?

Grateful for your help. Thanks very much,
Lee G.

can't open a dir - long dir name

Post by Ted Davi » Tue, 14 Oct 2003 02:25:41

On Sat, 11 Oct 2003 21:01:48 -0400, "leegold" <leegold @

Long filenames don't exist in real DOS. You need Windows to access

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can't open a dir - long dir name

Post by Mike Wals » Tue, 14 Oct 2003 03:35:47

If the CD is made with a DOS compatible file system "BOOTDISKS" should appear as "BOOTDI~1", otherwise it is truncated and you probably won't be able to access it with DOS. It is best to use the Joliet file system for windows/DOS compatibility.

Mike Walsh
West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.