Long file names for WIN 9x Clients

Tomasz Wardaszko tomekwa at ikp.atm.com.pl
Thu Nov 4 05:24:11 GMT 1999

> Burt Avery wrote:
> 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.
I have the same effect on Linux (Mandrake 6.0) with Samba 2.0.5a. The files
of name with any length, but without a dot (.) are unvisible in browser. In
DOS window they are OK, but all those files have a name with small letters
only. From NT client (with SP 5) there is no problem.

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