New Symbols in the IMWA ready to use in SignPuddle

Geoffrey Hunt geoffrey_hunt at SIL.ORG
Thu Jan 5 21:43:16 UTC 2006

I don't know who Gregory is, but I had this same problem when downloading to
an NTFS folder on XP Pro, SP2.  I may have had a long path; I didn't try
downloading to a folder in the root directory.


-----Original Message-----
From: owner-sw-l at
[mailto:owner-sw-l at] On Behalf Of Steve Slevinski
Sent: 02 January 2006 22:45
To: sw-l at
Subject: Re: [sw-l] New Symbols in the IMWA ready to use in SignPuddle

Hi Stuart,

You are correct.  Gregory has this problem.  It depends how your hard drive
is formatted.  Some file systems have a limit to the number of files allowed
in a directory.  Using long file names decreases this limit even more.

I am using NTFS (NT File System) and have not had this problem on Windows
XP.  I created a special download of the IMWA into category folders for
Gregory, but I didn't modify SignText so that he could use it.

When the IMWA 1.3 is release, I will try and get SignText to work for all
file systems.


Stuart Thiessen wrote:

> I think Gregory had that problem before and mentioned it on the list.  
> I assume it is a Windows XP problem.  I don't have that problem on the 
> Mac OS X platform.
> Thanks,
> Stuart
> On Jan 2, 2006, at 14:10, barbara.pennacchi at wrote:
>> Valerie Sutton writes:
>>> Anyway, I did accomplish a lot. There are now 29,108 graphics files 
>>> in the IMWA folder...which means I added over 3000 symbols...and 
>>> thanks to Steve, they are already available for use on SignPuddle on 
>>> the web. There will be more, but at least I got this far!
>> I suppose that this means that Steve will have to update also the 
>> off-line version of SignText, right?
>> I'm on vacation now, at my boyfriend's laptop. So I thought "Maybe I 
>> can do some work before coming back to work..." and went to install 
>> in it both and SW-Edit.
>> With SignText I've struck a funny problem: Every time I try to unzip 
>> I always get a ton of errors when it tries to unzip the 
>> IMWA folder. The only possible reasonable hypothesis I've got so far 
>> is that there is a limit on the number of files each folder may 
>> contain. In the the IMWA has 26589 pngs. But winxp's 
>> IMWA folder won't contain more than 21844 files. After this, it just 
>> repeats tirelessly that it is "impossible to copy or move the file". 
>> Am I the only one having this problem? :-)
>> In the meanwhile: may you have a happy everything! :)
>> barbara.

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