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The Atari 520ST, saw limited release in April–June 1985 and was widely available in July. The 520ST is the first personal computer to come with a bitmapped color GUI, using a version of Digital...
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3 Jun 2023

Atari ST - Long (11 Character) Directory Names

Author: The Atari Geek  /  Categories: Atari Computers, ST  /  Rate this article:
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Because the Atari ST was developed in the earlier years of computers, it suffered from system filename restrictions. Specifically the early 8.3 naming convention that limited directories and files to a total of 11 characters. Of course, the characters after the period in the filename are for identifying the file's type. However, that poses no restriction on directory structure as long as you don't exceed the 11 characters. More importantly, you need to use the period in the directory name to allow the emulator to read the system correctly.

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