samba-head bug relating to windows special chars (1/2)

Matthew Geier matthew at
Wed Nov 6 20:49:00 GMT 2002

Quoting jra at

> On Thu, Nov 07, 2002 at 07:01:55AM +1100, Matthew Geier wrote:

> >  I'm using Samba 3.0 on a 'production' server as users kept trying to put
> > Chinese file names on the server with some what less than sucessful
> results.
> > Telling them to use English names on the server didn't help, as the
> Chinese
> > script ends up in their profile anyway and the profiles would fail to
> save/load.

> >  We had less than expected pain with corrupt file names when I changed
> the
> > server. Most of the problems seem to be related to '3 1/2' in peoples
> profiles.
> > But it didn't happen to every body. I can only assume the others never
> copy
> > files to their floppy drives. :-)
> This should be ok on 3.0 so long as you set the smb.conf to store
> all files in utf8 character set on the disk.

 Yes - it is currently working quite well, I figured the switch over pain was
worth it to stop the Asian language folks from getting into trouble with
'corrupt' profiles all the time.
 Note - our 'PDC' is 2.2.x on a different box.

 There is a gterminal 'escape code' you have to run before it will display
UTF-8, although I have not yet got Chinese to display on my Linux box. :-)
(I can't read Chinese anyway - so its only an excercise in 'can I really do it).

Matthew Geier			matthew at
Arts IT Unit			+61 2 9351 4713
Sydney University

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