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Hi all, I''ve now got so many directory names in my Windows 2000 DOS Path, that any new ones I add are ignored. I use directory aliases, but I''m still out of space. Is there a way to extend the DOS Path functionality? Can anyone offer advice? Thankyou, Graham

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You could try using the old 8.3 pathnames, but that''s a slight pain

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Are you using a direct path for the directories? Why not just, /base/data/file, etc?

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If possible I would eliminate uneeded paths from the user Path environment variable. If you can''t do that, consider creating system variables and using them as short hand in the Path variable.

For example, on my W2K box, there is a system Path variable that appears to contain C:\WINNT\system32, but on closer inspection really contains %SystemRoot%\system32;

And while %SystemRoot% is fixed, you might see a system variable %windir% - which can be modified and used like %SystemRoot%.

So, to take the following snippets from my user Path for example

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\Common\MSDev98\Bin;
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\Common\Tools;
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio\VC98\bin;

Create a system variable %MSVS%, set it equal to

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio

And then change the user path to use %MSVS% instead


It''s worth a shot at least. Before tweaking your PATH variable,
be certain to save a copy of it first.

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