samba-vms digest, Vol 1 #167 - 3 msgs

John Malmberg wb8tyw at
Sat Dec 15 23:45:20 GMT 2001

Herbert Stoeri <> wrote:

> Hi,
> does anyone have experience using the SAMBA server for openVMS on an
> ODS5 disk with file names longer than 39 characters?

Some elementary testing was done with SAMBA 2.0.6.

> Should this work in principle with newer Versions of SAMBA?

SAMBA 2.0.6 on OpenVMS Alpha can support names up to 255 bytes in 
length.  That limit is hardcoded into the UNIX Samba code.
Removing it would be difficult.

FRONTPORT allows filenames up to the maximum supported by OpenVMS, based 
on the constant NAML$C_MAXRSS.

There has been a report here that SAMBA 2.0.6 for OpenVMS has some 
problems with some of the 8 bit characters in an ODS-5 file specification.

Some of these restrictions may be bugs in the FRONTPORT library, others 
may be limitations in the Compaq C run time library.

I have seen no reports on comp.os.vms or on this list of anyone using 
ODS-5 with earlier versions of SAMBA for OpenVMS.

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