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"The filename is too long" remedy with Robocopy

The other day I was trying to robocopy my user profile from my C drive to my backup drive before a restore and forgot about the junction links and the /XJ switch of robocopy.  Long story short, robocopy got stuck in a loop on Application Data for about an hour before I noticed and created these monstrous paths that Windows could not delete, similar to this (and much worse):

E:\Backups\Robocopy\user1\AppData\Local\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Application Data\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\PepperData\Shockwave Flash\WritableRoot\#SharedObjects\78EMHNB6\launch.newsinc.com\55\js\lib\

Even after trying several variations of del and rmdir at the command prompt, the solution was as easy as creating the problem:

  • Just create an empty directory and use robocopy to mirror the empty directory over the directory that won't delete...before finally deleting the problem directory.

For example, in using the path above:

  1. Create an empty directory (e.g. mkdir E:\user1 ... or just create user1 dir with Windows Explorer)
  2. Mirror the directory created in step 1 to the problem directory (e.g. robocopy E:\user1\  E:\Backups\Robocopy\user1\ /MIR) and wait for it to finish.
  3. Delete the problem directory and your empty directory. (e.g. rmdir E:\Backups\Robocopy\user1 ... and rmdir E:\user1 ...  or just delete both directories with Windows Explorer)

Hope this helps someone.  However, I'm sure it will help me again in the future when I'm trying to remember how I solved this.  This wasn't the first time I've run into this issue and I'm sure it won't be the last.

uTorrent Zen version 3.1.3

Anyone use torrents?  Anyone have a favorite torrent client?  I've tried most... most recently Deluge and some of the others.  However, I find they all have problems (in one way or another) and always find myself back at utorrent. However, utorrent has problems too...especially with the newer versions.  At one point, I basically had no complaints. Then, starting at around utorrent 3.3 or maybe 3.2 (which crashes on my computer when I try to install it) they started pumping in the ads.  I understand they need/want to support their efforts and that's ok.  You can turn the ads off by going to Advanced preferences and setting the following preferences to false:

gui.show_plus_upsell
gui.show_notorrents_node
offers.sponsored_torrent_offer_enabled
offers.left_rail_offer_enabled
offers.content_offer_autoexec

Therefore, you can streamline the interface to not see the ads.  However, my problems are with the latest version UI.  It simply has issues that didn't exist in earlier versions.  Here are some examples:

  • Queued Seeds - If a torrent is a "Queued Seed" and you try to stop it... you have to click Stop (which appears to do nothing)... then Pause... to get it to the Finished State.
  • Que Priority - if you're trying to move a single torrent up the queue (or down)... you highlight it, then push the queue up arrow... the torrent deselects itself. So, then you have to go select it again and push the up arrow... repeat ... until it gets to the top of the list. That's a lot of clicking and mouse movement. Yet, if you select more than one torrent, the torrents stay selected after you click the up arrow which is the desired behavior.... because then you can click that up arrow as fast as you can click your mouse button to get it up the list....not so with a single torrent in the newer versions.
  • Upgrading - uTorrent is always asking to upgrade but then doesn't complete the process.  It simply starts the upgrade and then shuts down utorrent... and quits.  Then when you remember a couple hours later, you wonder what happened to uTorrent and then realize it's not running... yet the upgrade mechanism asks you to upgrade again... repeat...

Many folks say that utorrent 2.2.1 is the best because that was the last version that didn't have adware.  But, I disagree. It's just not visually appeasing.  I like the green status bar in the torrent grid as well as many other bells and whistles in later versions.

Probably the greatest thing about utorrent is that its extremely lightweight and can be upgraded or downgraded with minimal effort while still retaining your settings and torrent lists.  So, I went on a mission today and spent several hours backtracking through the versions to find the zen period of utorrent.  I think I found it at the latest version of 3.1.3 and you can download it here:

http://www.oldapps.com/utorrent.php?old_utorrent=7871

As far as I can tell, the only adware is in the install.  The last installer screen asks you to install/download something and you just uncheck the box and finish the installer.  I don't see any ads in the UI and if you go to advanced preferences, the only setting from the list above you need to change is:

gui.show_plus_upsell

However, as near as I can tell, this does nothing.  Maybe that preference is for future upgrades to not show that last installer screen?  I don't know... and I would try to upgrade to 3.2.3, but all the 3.2 versions crash on the final step...and for sure at 3.3 is where they start screwing everything up.  So, I'll just stay at 3.1.3.  Life is good here...