Long File Names Information Gathering

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If you are looking to gather information about long file names that are over 255 characters on your filestores, then there is a very simple utility you can use which will export this information to a text file.

The utility is called simply TLPD and is available as a free download from Sourceforge.

Once you have downloaded the standalone exe file, open up an elevated command prompt and browse to the directory where you have saved the exe file.

Then you should run the following command:

tlpd.exe "Drive letter and path" 255


  • “Drive letter and path” = the path that you want to scan for long file names (TIP: map a network drive to scan any UNC paths)
  • 255 = this is the number of characters that you want the utility to scan after. So, for 255, any files that have a longer path name than 255 characters will be gathered.

Once the scan has completed, there will be a TLPD-log.txt file in your computers %temp% directory.

Open the text file and it will give you the full list of files that path name is over 255 characters (or whatever you set in the command line).


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