Thanks. This is so helpful. Very cool. Very, very cool, especially about the junction, which I will probably revisit regardless of how things go in gpedit.
I wanted to just respond with gratitude even though I am really just setting out on making this change.
To test, I tried creating and copying a filename with exactly 260 characters and my system just wouldn’t allow me to paste it into rename the already created file. It was then clear to me, I obviously didn’t already have that setting enabled, which was good. This was confirmed when I went into gpedit.
I was then confused when I tried pasting a file name that was 258 and it appeared to work. However, upon further inspection, I realized it had automatically shortened the name to 198 characters. With the file path added, it came to a total of 247, and I am sure there is a reason why those other unlucky 13 characters weren’t pasted, but I am not too concerned.
Anyways, I am now feeling confident enough to, after a little more experimenting and research, try changing this “Enable Win32 long paths” setting that you told me about.
I just went for it and changed the setting then experimented with pasting a 275 character name into that same file and this time it shortened it to 207 to get a total of 256. Now I am guessing this might have more to do with the actual rename functionality, and that the ability to create these long filenames is now there under the right circumstances.
Hmmm. Unfortunately, I just pasted a 275 character name into the title of a new note in Obsidian and it flashed that long ENOCENT warning.
When I get to the bottom of this, I will return.
As a side note, It appears that there really is no issue of grave concern going super long with file names. I guess it all depends on how the software you care about handles these files. My only worry would be that I have valuable information (not backed up) in one of these long files and somehow an operation in Obsidian or elsewhere automatically and discretely shortens it permanently.
Again, thanks for the informative response. It meant a lot. I am well on my way.