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How can I get a file name in DOS (8.3) format?

How can I get a file name in DOS (8.3) format?

Problem:

How can I get a file name in DOS (8.3) format?

Resolution:

QUESTION
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How can I get a file name in DOS (8.3) format?

ANSWER
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Sometimes when creating testscripts for cross platform testing we need to be able to use the DOS (8.3) format. It can be difficult to work out these names manually, for example;

The easiest way to find out the short form of a name is to open a command prompt and do

DIR /X


This will list the short forms for the files as shown below;

11/03/2004  17:50                 DOCUME~1        Documents and Settings


You can then use the redirector to send this info to a file e.g.

DIR /X > files.txt


You can then open "files.txt" in notepad and cut and paste the names.

Old KB# 21464

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