Register Guidelines E-Books Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Go Back   MobileRead Forums > E-Book Software > Calibre > Library Management

Notices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-12-2013, 07:40 AM   #1
bowbow
Member
bowbow began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 10
Karma: 10
Join Date: Jun 2011
Device: kindle 3
Long path issue when opening library in Win8

I created my books' library in Ubuntu 12.10. I switched to Win 8 recently however.

I thus copied my whole library folder to my new machine. I then switched to this library in my uptodate Calibre.

Many books don't open ("No file available") and when I right-click and "Go to folder", I see two folders: one with the metadata and the cover. And one with the ebook. However, I cannot open that file, because I just get an "File path too long"-error.

I guess the file length limitation within Windows is the problem. But how to solve it? I may open the library in a Ubuntu VM, but how to get the filenames shorter permanently?

Find attached two example screenshots:

bowbow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 07:48 AM   #2
kovidgoyal
creator of calibre
kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
kovidgoyal's Avatar
 
Posts: 26,320
Karma: 5382313
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Mumbai, India
Device: Various
shorten the titles, move to windows and lengthen them again.
kovidgoyal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 08:23 AM   #3
bowbow
Member
bowbow began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 10
Karma: 10
Join Date: Jun 2011
Device: kindle 3
Ok, does it mean I have to shorten them in Ubuntu manually? Isn't there any way to get this done automatically, i.e. plugin or search mechanism. I don't even know which of my books are affected. I just get the problem when trying to open.

Ain't there a possibility to prevent that problem when entering the data?
bowbow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 08:26 AM   #4
itimpi
Wizard
itimpi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.itimpi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.itimpi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.itimpi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.itimpi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.itimpi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.itimpi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.itimpi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.itimpi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.itimpi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.itimpi ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 4,094
Karma: 780247
Join Date: Nov 2008
Device: Sony PRS-950, iphone/ipad (Marvin/iBooks/QuickReader)
What path are you using for your library in Windows? You might just need to move the library to a new location to get a shorter path name.
itimpi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 09:39 AM   #5
bowbow
Member
bowbow began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 10
Karma: 10
Join Date: Jun 2011
Device: kindle 3
Well, I zipped it in Ubuntu and extracted to top-level, i.e. C:\PDF\ - still, it holds too long filenames.

I may find them manually and rename them, but I wonder how to prevent further problems.
bowbow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-12-2013, 12:11 PM   #6
kovidgoyal
creator of calibre
kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
kovidgoyal's Avatar
 
Posts: 26,320
Karma: 5382313
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Mumbai, India
Device: Various
Quote:
Originally Posted by bowbow View Post
Ain't there a possibility to prevent that problem when entering the data?
Enter the data in windows.

And if you want to search for long titles use a regex search:

title:~.{40,}
kovidgoyal is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2013, 12:32 AM   #7
BetterRed
null operator
BetterRed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BetterRed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BetterRed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BetterRed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BetterRed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BetterRed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BetterRed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BetterRed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BetterRed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BetterRed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.BetterRed ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Posts: 3,814
Karma: 2698649
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: NSW Australia
Device: none
Quote:
Originally Posted by bowbow View Post
Many books don't open ("No file available") and when I right-click and "Go to folder", I see two folders: one with the metadata and the cover. And one with the ebook. [/IMG]
  1. In my experience on XP, Win7 and Win 8, Calibre keeps the book files (PDF, EPUB, MOBI etc) AND the cover picture (cover.jpg) AND the book metadata file (metadata.opf) in the same folder - and I think that's also true on Mint.
  2. You have two folders - with the same "book-id" - 1419. One with a longish name and one with a shorter name. Why would that be?
Are there two folders for book-id 1419 on the Ubuntu system - or did this come about when you migrated the library to Win8?

Did you 'clean up' the library before you migrated it with the Check Library features ?

BR
BetterRed is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2013, 12:42 AM   #8
DoctorOhh
US Navy, Retired
DoctorOhh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DoctorOhh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DoctorOhh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DoctorOhh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DoctorOhh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DoctorOhh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DoctorOhh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DoctorOhh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DoctorOhh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DoctorOhh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.DoctorOhh ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
DoctorOhh's Avatar
 
Posts: 8,885
Karma: 12755553
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: North Carolina
Device: Nexus 7
Quote:
Originally Posted by BetterRed View Post
You have two folders - with the same "book-id" - 1419. One with a longish name and one with a shorter name. Why would that be?
I'm guessing when he switched to the library blank folders were created where calibre didn't see what it expected. So the dupe folders are accessible but don't have the books in them, placeholders if you will.

He needs to go back to the original plalform. Find the books in calibre with long titles and shorten them. Then move the library to Windows 8 at which point he can go ahead and change the titles back to what they were before.
DoctorOhh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2013, 05:43 AM   #9
bowbow
Member
bowbow began at the beginning.
 
Posts: 10
Karma: 10
Join Date: Jun 2011
Device: kindle 3
Ok, as my library was not too big, I searched for potential problems manually. I opened the two folders, renamed the file that was too long with 7 Zips file manager (what a nice tool for that problem!) and imported the shorter files again.

Problem solved, but when importing my papers and getting metadata automatically again, I will be a lot more sensitive concerning length of title...

Thanks everyone!
bowbow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2013, 07:56 AM   #10
Adoby
Handy Elephant
Adoby ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Adoby ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Adoby ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Adoby ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Adoby ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Adoby ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Adoby ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Adoby ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Adoby ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Adoby ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.Adoby ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
Adoby's Avatar
 
Posts: 1,124
Karma: 5721184
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Southern Sweden, far out in the quiet woods
Device: Ubuntu Linux, Cybook Opus, Motorola Xoom with Mantano Premium
Is this a case where differences beween different platforms becomes visible?

On Windows, does Calibre automatically create shorter names for folders and files in the library? And use longer names on Linux?
Adoby is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-13-2013, 08:35 AM   #11
kovidgoyal
creator of calibre
kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.kovidgoyal ought to be getting tired of karma fortunes by now.
 
kovidgoyal's Avatar
 
Posts: 26,320
Karma: 5382313
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Mumbai, India
Device: Various
Quote:
Originally Posted by Adoby View Post
On Windows, does Calibre automatically create shorter names for folders and files in the library? And use longer names on Linux?
yes .
kovidgoyal is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
file access, library error

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Kindle and Overdrive - how to use? Opening windows issue netrate Amazon Kindle 8 01-04-2012 11:27 PM
Path to library too long. Must be less than 75 characters. FizzyWater Library Management 6 07-02-2011 08:59 PM
Library using UNC path, PDF's not opening JvdW Calibre 3 06-16-2010 11:54 AM
Change library path? Slite Calibre 2 09-30-2008 11:52 AM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:53 PM.


MobileRead.com is a privately owned, operated and funded community.