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One Drive character limit | PowerShell to find file path character length | File Path Character Limit

Problem

One Drive will not sync files with more than 400 charactes in the file path

Cause

Limitation

Solution

Use this script and execute to create a list of all files and their number of characters. Address by shortening folder and file names. 

 $pathToScan = "C:APP1-DataSharePointDataMWMW - Documents" # The path to scan and the the lengths for (sub-directories will be scanned as well).
$outputFilePath = "C:tempPathLengths.txt" # This must be a file in a directory that exists and does not require admin rights to write to.
$writeToConsoleAsWell = $true # Writing to the console will be much slower.
# Open a new file stream (nice and fast) and write all the paths and their lengths to it.
$outputFileDirectory = Split-Path $outputFilePath -Parent
if (!(Test-Path $outputFileDirectory)) { New-Item $outputFileDirectory -ItemType Directory }
$stream = New-Object System.IO.StreamWriter($outputFilePath, $false)
Get-ChildItem -Path $pathToScan -Recurse -Force | Select-Object -Property FullName, @{Name="FullNameLength";Expression={($_.FullName.Length)}} | Sort-Object -Property FullNameLength -Descending | ForEach-Object {
$filePath = $_.FullName
$length = $_.FullNameLength
$string = "$length : $filePath"
# Write to the Console.
if ($writeToConsoleAsWell) { Write-Host $string }
#Write to the file.
$stream.WriteLine($string)
}
$stream.Close()

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