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Undeletable file - error: filename too large?

  1. #11


    S.E. Texas
    Posts : 61
    windows 8.1 64bit


    Try this:
    rmdir /junk2delete
    Should delete the whole directory.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 148
    Windows 8.1 Update 1


    Quote Originally Posted by lmaneke View Post
    It won't delete if you only change the folder name, and with long name with a big size, it will cause Windows Explorer to crash, which makes me wonder how the name was created in the first place.
    It might come from a download (torrent, usenet, whatever) created on a Linux machine. I had this problem once too. My solution was to boot into a Linux system (I've got a dual boot setup ) and delete it from there.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by altae View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lmaneke View Post
    It won't delete if you only change the folder name, and with long name with a big size, it will cause Windows Explorer to crash, which makes me wonder how the name was created in the first place.
    It might come from a download (torrent, usenet, whatever) created on a Linux machine. I had this problem once too. My solution was to boot into a Linux system (I've got a dual boot setup ) and delete it from there.
    [Off topic: Man, it's hard to find a way to make an attachment here]

    rmdir failed, "the directory is not empty"

    NEW WRINKLE:
    THE OFFENDING DIRECTORY/FILES IS ON AN EXTERNAL DRIVE. I tried the freeware MoveOnBot and it reported "A folder from an external drive can not be deleted" Does that mean anything to anyone that could be helpful?
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  4. #14


    Quote Originally Posted by altae View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by lmaneke View Post
    It won't delete if you only change the folder name, and with long name with a big size, it will cause Windows Explorer to crash, which makes me wonder how the name was created in the first place.
    It might come from a download (torrent, usenet, whatever) created on a Linux machine. I had this problem once too. My solution was to boot into a Linux system (I've got a dual boot setup ) and delete it from there.
    Looks like I have to download and create a Linux disk. Don't have time to do that right away but I will report back when I can get to it.
    Bill
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  5. #15


    S.E. Texas
    Posts : 61
    windows 8.1 64bit


    Sorry, forgot the switch: rmdir /s /junk2delete
    Removes the dir and all subdirs and files.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by cradom View Post
    Sorry, forgot the switch: rmdir /s /junk2delete
    Removes the dir and all subdirs and files.
    YES! this worked - junk2delet folder is gone! Been a LONG time since I did much with command line. I forgot the /s too and didn't even think to /? the rmdir command. Thank you for your help!
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  7. #17


    S.E. Texas
    Posts : 61
    windows 8.1 64bit


    Coming from a Mac/Linux background I'm not that familiar with Windows cmdline switches; had to look it up.
    Glad you got it sorted.
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