[cifs-protocol] Re: [linux-cifs-client] POSIX pathnames and the '\' character.

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Sun Mar 11 18:37:07 GMT 2007

On Sun, Mar 11, 2007 at 09:49:04AM +0100, Stefan (metze) Metzmacher wrote:
> Jeremy Allison schrieb:
> > 
> > Yes, that's exactly what I'm coding up right now.
> > Wait for the check-in :-).
> good:-)

Actually, this proved much harder than I thought
and I junked all my client changes last night. I
was able to rescue most of the DFS server fixes

> Then you need 2 code pathes in the server code, and one will never be
> tested.
> I think it's not the best design to allow 2 different things in one
> protocol-field.
> why not reply and accept a full path with the unix '/' delimiters, when
> we are in unix mode and a full path with windows '\' delimiters in
> non-unix mode.

I am starting to come to this conclusion myself. It's harder
on the clients, as they can be traversing a posix style path
to a posix server, and then be given back a referral in
Windows path mode, and then have to change on the fly
to the relevent delimiter for the referral path only, not
the consumed part..... This gets so hairy that
was what made me junk my client changes above. Currently
I've gone back to '\' separators only in DFS paths until
I think out the client changes needed.


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