[jcifs] Problem listing files from IBM iSeries server

Michael B Allen ioplex at gmail.com
Mon Dec 20 13:29:27 MST 2010

On Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 2:19 PM, Sai Pullabhotla
<sai.pullabhotla at jmethods.com> wrote:
> I apologize if this message does not get associated with the correct
> thread, but I just subscribed to the list and did not know how to
> reply to an existing thread. Anyhow, this is regarding the issue with
> duplicate file names being returned by the SmbFile.listFiles() method.
> The original thread's subject is  "Problem listing files from IBM
> iSeries server"
> I briefly looked at the JCIFS code, and looked at the CIFS document,
> and was able to fix the issue by doing the following:
> The TRANS2_FIND_NEXT2 request is sent with all flags turned off. The
> crucial flag appears to be the RESUME_FROM_PREVIOUS_END flag. Setting
> this flag ensures that the next page (if any) starts at where it was
> left off.

Hi Sai,

Unfortunately the various CIFS documents are known to not reflect
reality and so in general they are ignored. The standard practice is
to simply mimic exactly the observed behavior of a slightly old
Windows client (Windows XP would be good at this point).

However, your observation is very interesting. If the flags you
describe are set different between JCIFS and XP and changing them to
match resolves the issue that would be a clearly good fix. I would not
be shocked if it broke some other client like Netapp or EMC but I
think the flags should first match what XP is doing.


> I did some basic tests and everything seems to be working. Not sure if
> there was a reason for not setting this flag, but I want some one who
> is more involved with the API to verify this.
> I think we can also eliminate the SmbComFindClose2 request if we set
> the FLAGS_CLOSE_IF_END_REACHED when sending the
> TRANS2_FIND_FIRST2/NEXT2 requests. But this is not needed to fix the
> issue in question.
> I verified that this change still works good with different sizes set
> on jcifs.smb.client.listCount config option.
> Looking forward to get some feedback on this change.
> Thanks.

Michael B Allen
Java Active Directory Integration

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