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Naming Syntax, Conventions, and Limitations

Team Foundation version control has naming syntax, conventions, and limitations.

Team Foundation version control has the following naming syntax, conventions, and limitations:

Names lengths:

  • Check-in note names can be up to 64 characters long.

  • Check-in policy names can be up to 256 characters long.

  • Label names can be up to 64 characters long.

  • Workspace names can be up to 64 characters long.

  • Shelveset names can be up to 64 characters long.

Comment lengths:

  • Check-in comments can be up to 2GB.

  • Check-in note values can be up to 2GB.

  • Label comments can be up to 2048 characters long.

  • Shelveset comments can be up to 2048 characters long.

  • Workspace comments can be up to 2048 characters long.

Files and Paths:

  • Server paths can be up to 259 characters.

  • Local file paths fall within Windows limits of 259 characters long (including the file name), and 248 for a directory.

  • Files in the Team Foundation version control server have no size limit.

  • The total size of content in the Team Foundation version control server has no limit.

Names:

Most names in Team Foundation version control cannot begin or end with spaces or tabs. Any character can be used for names or labels, except the following:

  • Angle brackets (< >).

  • Colon (:).

  • Asterisk (*).

  • Forward (/) and backward slash (\).

  • Question mark (?).

  • Quotation mark (").

  • Pipe (|).

  • A dollar sign ($) cannot be the first character in a file name.

  • Label names cannot contain (@).

  • Workspace and shelveset names cannot contain (;).

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