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Extracting Files and Password Needed Prompts

Extracting Files and Password Needed Prompts

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Shortly after the release of the most recent MSF process guidance (Now Available: MSF Process Guidance Updates (Rev 1)), people started reporting problems when extracting from the MSF for CMMI Process Improvement process guidance ZIP file on computers that don't have WinZip installed.

After hacking at this problem, I think I found the cause, and more importantly a simple workaround. The issue appears to lie in the Windows Extraction Wizard. When you extract a file with a long path into a location with a long path, the combined path length seems to exceed the capability of the Extraction Wizard. Unfortunately, instead of an informative error message, you are prompted for a password.

As a simple workaround, try the following when the Extraction Wizard prompts you for a location to place the extracted files. Instead of choosing a location with a long path (e.g., the Desktop or My Documents), extract the files to the root of a drive, such as C:\.

The extracted files are placed in a folder named, "MSF for CMMI Process Improvement - August 2006." After you extract all of the files, you can simply move them to your preferred location.

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  • I can't extract some files in the ."../Supporting file" subdir. I use the copy utility from a compressed folder, to move files in a normal dir.
    The problem seems not to be the "password required" one explained above. Simply the extraction process stops on some files of the "../Supporting file" subdir. Some of those HTM files seems to be corrupted, infact the brower fails to open them.

    Claudio
  • Well , its sad to say that the above only covers part of the issues.
    Even if you follow the above , You dont get the augost CMMI or agile processguidence.html to open. This was verified on 2 diffrent winXP SP2 systems. originaly I thought the issue is with IE 7 RC1. but even allowing active content from my computer didnt fix it.the buttom line is that if you try to extract the MSF templates from the zip by double clicking the compressed archive and simply copying the directory inside, widnows simply doesnt show (or copy) 90% of the directories in the zip which of course breaks the MSF guidence... think what happened if I would have published this to the TFS ..
    Installing winzip 10 fixes the issue and allows extraction of all files in the zip.
    Takeaways :
    Someone should open a bug for vista RC1 and winxp sp2 compressed archive for missing files in a zip - they can download the msf guidence if they need a repro :)
    and 2. I suggest the MSF team will eat their own dogfood : test on clean machines (without winzip) before releasing the next version :)
    we still like you though :) :)
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