accented characters in filenames mangled when rsyncing to a samba share

Ben Kenward ben.kenward at
Mon Sep 1 11:18:05 GMT 2008


My apologies for hassling the list with the repeated question (see
below). Is it ignored because this is an easy problem I ought to be
able to solve myself, or because it is a hard problem no one knows the
answer to?

I have now reformatted the destination drive to EXT3, which I was
almost certain was going to solve the problem, but it hasn't. So I
have rsync copying between two disks which are both EXT3, both mounted
on the same linux system (although the destination is mounted as
smbfs), but rsync (2.6.6) is mangling the accented character
filenames. What could be wrong?



On Tue, Aug 26, 2008 at 11:46 PM, Ben Kenward <ben.kenward at> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> I am having a problem rsyncing files with accents in the names. I've
> seen similar problems reported a few times before in the archives but
> they didn't seem to be referring to exactly the same problem as what I
> have, and I'm not good enough at Linux to solve my problem by
> generalising from the information there: sorry.
> Anyway, my specific details are this. I am running rsync on a QNAP
> TS-109 which is a NAS device running a kind of debian linux. Also on
> the network is a Lacie network drive formatted with FAT32, which I
> mount from the QNAP using samba. I am trying to set up a regular back
> up the contents of the QNAP to the Lacie. The problem is that any
> filename which has accents in gets mangled. The files copy across but
> the accents are mangled: if I view the files by mounting the Lacie
> drive on Windows then the accents appear as the box special character,
> repeated between around 10 and 50 times (with the rest of the filename
> truncated); if I view the files using ls while ssh'ed into the QNAP
> then accented character does not appear at all and the rest of the
> filename is truncated.
> A further strange behaviour is that when directories contain accented
> characters, around 10 or so copies of them are created, each with
> varying numbers of the box special character.
> I would very much appreciate if anyone could help me with this! I am
> happy to provide more detailed information on request.
> Cheers,
> Ben
> --
> Dr. Ben Kenward
> Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden
> +46 18 4712125

Dr. Ben Kenward
Department of Psychology, Uppsala University, Sweden
+46 18 4712125

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