samba-2, samba-3 client and WXP share name length limitation

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Wed Nov 12 22:42:10 GMT 2003

On Thu, 2003-11-13 at 09:33, David Wuertele wrote:
> I have a WXP box sharing a folder called "My Difficult Files", which
> is 18 characters long.  I'm looking through the samba docs and code
> for a reason why this share can not be browsed by samba.  I noticed on
> various newsgroups that people had problems with lengths over 12
> characters.  When I created the share, Windows XP itself told me that
> 95/98 boxes wouldn't be able to browse it, but I figured that Samba
> would be a good bet.  I loose.
> Other WXP boxes can browse the share fine.  What are they doing that
> samba-3.0.0 and samba-2.2.8a can't?

Enumeration of shares over RPC.

There was a patch for smbclient at one point, but for some reason it
never got in.  This should be in bugzilla, but if it's not, add it.

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                 abartlet at
Manager, Authentication Subsystems, Samba Team  abartlet at
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College   abartlet at
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