Long file names for WIN 9x Clients

Burt Avery ba2k at virginia.edu
Wed Nov 3 23:45:03 GMT 1999

I have a sitiation where Win 9x clients are unable to see SOME files that
they create or exist in shares to which they have a service access on Samba
2.0.5a. The files exist in the AIX UNIX 4.2 file system and can be ftped
etc, to the clients hard drive. Some, but not all files and folders, that
do not conform to the 8.3 DOS convention disappear from browsing. For
example, the directory New Folder (space imbedded) can be created and is
visible until filelist is refreshed, then it disappears from the Windows 9x
Explorer list. The Explorer option to show all, including hidden, files is
in effect. The folder/directory, public_html, is not visible but change the
AIX name to public.html and it appears. The file 123456789.txt is visible
in all cases.

All files are perfectly visible in a DOS window.

smb.conf has these settings, as shown by ./testparm:

default case = lower
case sensitive = No
preserve case = Yes
short preserve case = Yes
mangle case = No

mangled stack = 150
mangled names = yes
mangled map =

nt smb support = no

I suspect the nt smb support = no is the culprit. Can anyone tell me if
that is a good guess or suggest an alternative? With the "nt smb support =
no" have I disabled Samba's NT compatible file naming capabilities?


Burt Avery
Computer Systems Engineer
Department of Biomedical Engineering
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22908

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