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I have a big zip file (approximately 650 MB) that I want to unzip. I already shortened the name of the zip file to just 1 letter and stored it directly on the C: folder. So I can´t shorten the path anymore. However I get thousands of error saying that the path is longer than 260 letters. What can I do?

Is this a limitation of Windows? I.e. can I unzip it with MacOS?

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Open it with whatever tool you use to extract (winzip, 7zip) and check the contents. It may, for whatever reason, have stupidly long directory structures. –  Rob Oct 12 '11 at 19:22
    
Yes it has long content ;) But i need this structure. –  RoflcoptrException Oct 12 '11 at 19:25
    
If the extracted structure is longer than 260 characters, there isn't much you can do. –  Rob Oct 12 '11 at 19:26
    
Hmm it is the Jazz Team Server source code. There must be a way to use this? –  RoflcoptrException Oct 12 '11 at 19:27

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  1. Create a copy of the archive.
  2. Browse the archive until you have located the subfolder which contains the items which are causing problems. Delete that set of files/folders from the archive.
  3. Extract the archive using the method you have started to use, putting it in your C: folder.
  4. Open the other copy of the archive and extract the subfolder which has the items which are causing problems, extracting it into C:.
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But what if I have to maintain the structure? –  RoflcoptrException Oct 12 '11 at 19:46
    
Move the files to their proper location afterwards. If that doesn't work then the folder structure will not work on Windows 7 at all and you are going to be unable to use it. –  Shane Wealti Oct 12 '11 at 19:53
    
You could also find an OS with a filesystem that supports longer paths and extract it there. –  Shane Wealti Oct 12 '11 at 19:54
    
Thanks. Do you know if Lion (OSX) supports that? –  RoflcoptrException Oct 12 '11 at 19:55
    
Most linux filesystems support a max path length of at least 4096 characters so you could try that. –  Shane Wealti Oct 12 '11 at 19:56

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