source file name(s) are larger than is supported by the file system

Sometimes, when we download a zip file from internet (specially a torrent downloaded file), we got a weird error on extracting the file saying that file path is too long for this destination. This issue is resolved on renaming the zip file. But there may be another more freaky case – file gets extracted successfully without any error message, but when we try to open any file inside the extracted folder, system slaps us an error of file destination too long.

We get tied up inside a box, having no clue what to do in that condition. If we googles of it, we meet only the simple solution that is renaming the zip file. But we have already unzipped the zip file.

Here is an easy solution for this issue and it is renaming the parent extracted folder and its sub-folders. This issue happens due to the same name of subfolders making the file path too much long. If we rename parent folder and give it a short name, problem should be resolved. If not, rename the first subfolder and we are sure, this disastrous error will get disappeared.

source file name(s) are larger than is supported by the file system

Step by step tutorial

If the zip file is unable to extract

  • Simplly rename the zip file to a shorter name

If the zip file is extracted but files inside the folder are unable to open

(source file name(s) are larger than is supported by the file system)

  • For example our parent folder is named as “oh-my-God-it-is-such-a-large-name-cant-read-by-mysystem”
  • Give this folder a much shorter name such as “omg”
  • If the problem still persists, rename the subfolder inside the extracted folder