Writing a Windows Explorer plugin that uses a Vendor Specific FSCTL to access extra metadata about files from Samba

Richard Sharpe realrichardsharpe at gmail.com
Wed Sep 25 19:15:38 UTC 2019

On Wed, Sep 25, 2019 at 12:03 PM Ralph Boehme <slow at samba.org> wrote:
> On 9/25/19 11:53 AM, Richard Sharpe via samba-technical wrote:
> > Hi folks,
> >
> > Over the last few weeks, as a part-time activity, I have been writing
> > a Windows Explorer plugin that uses a Vendor Specific FSCTL to
> > communicate with a Samba VFS module to retrieve some of the plethora
> > of extra metadata we have in our file system.
> >
> > It also allows us to set some of that metadata as well.
> >
> > Since knowing that something can be done is often the most important
> > step in doing that thing, I thought I would mention it.
> >
> > I hope to find the time to provide a tutorial on this subject as well,
> > probably on the Samba Wiki.
> yes, please share as much as you can, ideally the source code, but some
> tutorial on the wiki would also be nice. :)

My Windows UI skills suck, so the resulting UI is not great, but it
does everything that is needed.

I plan on documenting the calls to be made, the library I used, code
snippets on both the Windows side and Samba VFS module side as well as
hints on the actual workflow.

Richard Sharpe

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