May 22, 2015

Map a Drive to your Solution Folder to Avoid the File Name Length Error in TDS

May 22, 2015

Map a Drive to your Solution Folder to Avoid the File Name Length Error in TDS

I recently came across an article that was posted on Twitter about overcoming the dreaded 'File Name Length Error' in Team Development for Sitecore (TDS).

The article makes users aware of a built-in feature of TDS that allows you to use name aliases to overcome length issues.  In my experience, this generally works, but there are always times down the road where no amount of short aliases help due to the nested structure of your Sitecore solution combined with where you save your Visual Studio solution files on your dev machine.

What I like to do is map a drive to my solution files.  This takes my path from "C:\Users\ctaylor\Documents\Visual Studio 2013\Projects" to "Z:\".

I haven't seen the error in a while, but should I encounter it in the future, I can additionally utilize the alias feature of TDS.

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