cygwin Digest 4 Feb 2000 04:22:05 -0000 Issue 396

Dave Sherohman
Fri Feb 4 08:14:00 GMT 2000

At 04:22 AM 2/4/2000 -0000, wrote:
>Subject: B20.1  NT long file question 

>When I vi a file, it does not recognize the file if the file name is long.
>However, if I use it 8.3 DOS name for it, it finds it.

Many versions of vi allow you to specify multiple files for editing.
Unfortunately, this feature is generally incompatible with filenames that
include spaces; 'vi "My file.txt"' will attempt to open two files, "My" and

To verify whether this is the problem you're encountering, try a file named
something like
'My-really-long-file-name-which-may-or-may-not-work-with-vi.doc.junk.txt' -
not 8.3-compliant, but without spaces in the name.

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