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From "Dale King (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] Commented: (MNG-3255) Documentation for checking out and build should warn abour long path names on Windows
Date Sat, 05 Jan 2008 17:42:57 GMT


Dale King commented on MNG-3255:

Of course, it is a SVN issue, but it is one that it likely to hit anyone trying to check out
your code due to the really deep paths.

The error message you get from Subversion is not very helpful in explaining what the problem

So all I'm suggesting is that you add a couple sentences on the page that tells you how to
check out Maven to warn people about this problem under Windows.

> Documentation for checking out and build should warn abour long path names on Windows
> -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: MNG-3255
>                 URL:
>             Project: Maven 2
>          Issue Type: Improvement
>          Components: Documentation: Guides
>            Reporter: Dale King
>             Fix For: Documentation Deficit
> I tried checking out the 2.1 maven code and build to see if a problem I was seeing with
maven eclipse integration was localized to the that integration or was caused by the new maven
embedder in 2.1 that they use.
> I was checking out into a directory on my desktop under windows. The checkout did not
complete and had a message:
> svn: Can't open file 'maven-components\maven-core\src\test\resources\org\apache\
> maven\extension\test-extension-repo\org\apache\maven\core\test\test-lifecycle-an
> d-artifactHandler\1\.svn\tmp\text-base\test-lifecycle-and-artifactHandler-1.pom.
> md5.svn-base': The system cannot find the path specified.
> The problem is that while windows allows filenames up to 256 characters the maximum path
length it allows is 260 characters. When you add that path to the path to the desktop directory
it was too long.
> I was able to check it out to the root directory without problem.
> The guide to building maven should probably mention that for Windows users in the part
about checking out the source.

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