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'[PIC:] easy Error[173] fix?'
2004\07\18@123243 by Brooke Clarke

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Hi:

I just started to use ver MPLAB ver. 6.60 and get  Error[173] path too long.
Is there an easy fix for this, or do I need to move my files to some new
location closer to the root drive?

Thanks,

Brooke Clarke, N6GCE

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2004\07\18@144733 by Jan-Erik Soderholm

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Brooke Clarke wrote :

> Hi:

Hi !

> I just started to use ver MPLAB ver. 6.60 and get  Error[173]
> path too long.

And you didn't get that before (with some other version) ?

> Is there an easy fix for this, or do I need to move my files
> to some new location closer to the root drive?

That *is* the easy fix :-) :-)

But check the piclist.com archives. There was a thread about
this about 1-2 weeks ago. Apart from this specific "problem",
there was some interesting discussion about whither to have
the "project" files in the Windows directory tree at all...

The subject of that thread was "MPLAB Error 173", b.t.w.

Jan-Erik.

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2004\07\18@155759 by Marcel Duchamp

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At 09:33 AM 7/18/2004, you wrote:
>Hi:
>
>I just started to use ver MPLAB ver. 6.60 and get  Error[173] path too long.
>Is there an easy fix for this, or do I need to move my files to some new
>location closer to the root drive?
>
>Thanks,
>
>Brooke Clarke, N6GCE

Maybe it's related to this blurb from the "Readme for MPLAB IDE" text file:

- If you use MPASM assembler to assemble a single file (i.e., you do
  not use the assembler with MPLINK object linker), you will get
  a COD file which has a 63 character length restriction for file
  and path names. Shorten your file name or move your file into a
  directory closer to the root directory (shorten the  path name),
  and try assembling your file or project again. As an alternative,
  use MPLINK linker with MPASM assembler to create a COFF file,
  which does not have this restriction.

I just found that on the microchip site this morning. It's on the MPLAB IDE
6.60 page... in a zip file.
MD

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2004\07\18@160840 by John J. McDonough

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This is not new to 6.6.

You might try this ... share a directory just above your MPLAB directory and
connect to it.  Then the files can have shorter paths and still be in the
same place.

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2004\07\18@173756 by John N. Power

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> Hi:

> I just started to use ver MPLAB ver. 6.60 and get  Error[173] path too long.
> Is there an easy fix for this, or do I need to move my files to some new
> location closer to the root drive?

> Thanks,

> Brooke Clarke, N6GCE

Use the DOS SUBST command in your AUTOEXEC file to define a
virtual drive which is made of the path from the root to your directory.
For example,

SUBST  X:  C:\root\dir1\dir2\my_files

Now   X:myprog.asm   refers to   C:\root\dir1\dir2\my_files\myprog.asm

The length restriction only applies to the number of characters typed in,
so this form is acceptable. The drive letter chosen for the virtual drive
must be less than or equal to the maximum drive letter that DOS will
accept. This is controlled by the LASTDRIVE= command in CONFIG.SYS.

John Power

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