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What if you were to build a multilevel hash to lookup the conversions?

BFS the filesystem tree, and rename the first folder you see to 'a', the second to 'b' and so on using the magic increment. Recurse down the tree until you have 'c:\RootOfEvil\a\b\a\c\a\a\f\a\b\filename.ext'

Your hash tree would tell you that $treeHash->{a}{b}{a}{c}...{f}{a}{b} was originally named 'debug' and $treeHash->{a}{b}{a}{c}...{f}{a} was originally named 'bin', and so on, so that you can undo the renames later.

You'd end up renaming 'c:\RootOfEvil\BigNameLevel1' to 'c:\RootOfEvil\a', and then moving on to rename 'c:\RootOfEvil\a\BigNameLevel2' to 'c:\RootOfEvil\a\a' and so on.

Or, much more simply... what if you just pile the whole tree into an archive, copy that across, and then unpack it on the other side, leaving the archiver app to deal with the excessive tree :)

In reply to Re^3: Shorten windows paths too long by SuicideJunkie
in thread Shorten windows paths too long by gj2666

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