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Opening Directories With More Than One Word

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#1 jackmac


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Posted 22 August 2007 - 06:26 AM

Hello all,
I'm needing some help with changing to certain directories. I've just started to use MSdos quite recently, and I've caught on that extra long filenames like "Extralongfilename" need to be replaced by six letters and ~1, like "cd Extral~1" when you are changing directories. I'm also aware that you must omit the gaps with something like "My Documents", as in "cd MyDocu~1". The only directory I've come across that I cannot open is Program Files, which is quite a useful one.
I've tried:
cd ProgramFiles
cd Program~1
cd "Program Files"
cd "Program~1"
and countless others.
I think the problem lies in the fact that the seventh character is a space and not a letter. Can anyone tell me what I should be doing to change directories to this?

Thank you
Jack Mac

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 01:42 PM

DOS doesn't support long filenames, just type CD program~1 it should switch you to programfiles, say you had another directory such as programblank then programfiles would be program~2 because it is listed in alphabetical order.

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 04:47 PM

cd prog* - it used to work in the right circumstances

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Posted 22 August 2007 - 09:19 PM

8 characters is all you get. Try cd progra~1.

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Posted 23 August 2007 - 08:05 AM

Thank you so much guys, I think for some reason I got myself into thinking that 'program' was six letters. Sometimes you just need someone to point out how stupid you're being.
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