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Re^5: Shorten windows paths too long (trim)

by Marshall (Abbot)
on Aug 19, 2010 at 22:55 UTC ( #856144=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: Shorten windows paths too long (trim)
in thread Shorten windows paths too long

Hi! I didn't mean to sound flippant.

I've used this "translation table" idea before in a number of different contexts. In this context, I would split the path name into name tokens (stuff between /'s). Apply the translator to the dir names, if and only if it is a complete match to your translation table. Don't substitute on partial strings. Then reassemble the path name using join().

You have no chance to fiddle with the final target: "", BUT along the way to this end file target, there will be perhaps, "thisisaclassoffolkswhoarefarmersandtheirmothersmadiennamewaswoo_hoo /". I put a space after woo_hoo for display purposes.

I would think that these Java folks have some naming convention for these intermediate directories - that is the target of your translation table. Probably just a handful of these names shortened to other names will do it. One trick is that you want to be able to translate in both directions.

I wish you well. This is a mess when the other folks won't cooperate at least to a small extent. You have my sympathy.

In a completely general case, this approach will not work. But I suspect that you are in a situation where <10 names in the translation table will work and that is a small enough number that you can manage this process.

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