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From Joe Bohn <>
Subject Re: Warning regarding Windows file path lengths with JDK 1.4
Date Wed, 11 Jan 2006 14:41:10 GMT

Can we recommend a maximum path size for Windows when unpacking the zip 
and/or installing from the installer?   If so, it might be helpful for 
windows users and avoid some unnecessary problems.  We should be able to 
come up with a general recommendation for the install location and 
applications to be deployed based upon our default structure and names.

We might even be able to incorporate the recommendations via warnings in 
our installer and deploy tools when the server is running on windows if 
the recommendation is exceeded.


Jacek Laskowski wrote:
> 2006/1/11, John Sisson <>:
>>Do people think that the above workarounds are acceptable and it isn't
>>worth trying to shorten our file paths?
> Hi,
> Certainly, it's not worth its time, imho. As you wrote we can't do
> much to work it out, and the only feasible solutions are just
> workarounds that might not work well, either.
> I think we could list some possible workarounds (like installing
> Geronimo into a location with a shorter path) in Wiki to let people
> know they're not lost when dealing with these path-length issues.
> Thanks John for your time digging up the answer. I didn't know about
> the issue till your post.
> Jacek

Joe Bohn
joe.bohn at

"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep, to gain what he cannot 
lose."   -- Jim Elliot

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