Maybe it's a stupid question, but why the fuck there are still path length limitations in Windows in 2020???

Why there isn't a virtual automatic workaround for this issue?

Sometimes I just can't make it shorter...

  • 7
    It's been in the Windows API for decades. They can't fix it without breaking unaccountable legacy software.
  • 3
    Two things:
    1: You can disable the limitation on recent Windows versions
    2: If you prefix your paths with \\?\ (e.g. \\?\C:\Program Files\...), long paths are accepted by most API calls.
  • 2
    NTFS supports filenames up to 255 characters, same as Linux, and pathnames up to 32k unicode characters where Linux usually has 4096 bytes in Posix APIs.
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