PRB: Error "File <filename> Not Found" When Adding Files

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You may receive the error "File <filename> Not Found" when individually adding files to Visual SourceSafe when those files have names that contain spaces.


Visual SourceSafe may not correctly reference the file in the Add Files dialog box. This is due to the fact that filenames with spaces must be enclosed in quotation marks in Windows 95 and Windows NT. Visual SourceSafe may not properly add these quotation marks under certain circumstances.


When adding files that have spaces in the names, select the file with the mouse in the file list or enclose the filename in quotation marks in the File Name text box.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article.


Steps to Reproduce Problem

  1. Create two files the names of which both contain spaces. Make sure these two files are the only files in the directory.
  2. Select (highlight) a project in Visual SourceSafe, and press CTRL+A to add files.
  3. In the Add Files dialog box, select the directory where these two files reside.
  4. Select the first file, and click Add.
  5. Add a comment if you want, and click OK.
  6. In the Add Files dialog box, click the Add button again. The file is highlighted in the list box as well as in the text box. Notice that the file is not enclosed in quotation marks.
  7. Click OK when the "File <filename> Not Found" error messages appears.
  8. Click the file in the list box. Notice that Visual SourceSafe places quotation marks around the filename.
  9. Click Add.
RESULT: The file is added without errors.


Article ID: 138345 - Last Review: February 24, 2014 - Revision: 2.0
  • Microsoft Visual SourceSafe 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual SourceSafe 5.0 Standard Edition
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