File name truncation 3.0.2-rc1 profiles

Richard Sharpe rsharpe at
Thu Jan 22 01:57:46 GMT 2004

On Thu, 22 Jan 2004, Andrew Bartlett wrote:

> On Thu, 2004-01-22 at 11:33, Jeff Mandel wrote:
> > After upgrading samba-2.2.8a to 3.0.2-rc1 I'm having trouble with 
> > roaming profiles.
> > This is running on Solaris 8
> > 
> > An example is one particularly bad looking file name, but there are others:
> > 
> > on the file system in the .ntprofile directory is a file called "3« 
> > Floppy (A).lnk"
> > The profile fails to load with errors to the client that the file 
> > <full_path>\3 could not be accessed.
> > 
> > If I remove this file, the profile loads fine. I found I can just to a 
> > touch "3« Floppy (A).lnk", then the profile fails to load. Try it and 
> > see if it happens to you.
> This is due to our *completely* bogus 'I can't convert this string'
> code.  We should never return the name like that, instead we should have
> mangled it, as it isn't in our unix charset.
> Anyway, the fix is to convert all files into your current 'unix
> charset'.  So, if that is UTF8, then rename files that are in CP850 (or
> whatever you had your clients using under 2.2) into UTF8.  Iconv can
> help, and there might even be some scripts people can help you with.  if
> the only problem is the 'floppy' link, then just delete them, and let
> them be recreated :-)

Hmmm, someone sent me a script to deal with these problems a long time 
I wonder if I can find it.

Richard Sharpe, rsharpe[at], rsharpe[at], 

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