Netscape not opening shares correctly?

axs at axs at
Thu Apr 23 22:40:18 GMT 1998

I think I am fighting with Netscape, but I am not so sure what is going on.

- We are using Samba (1.9.18p3) to access our AFS filespace from Win95.
- This is Win95 OSR2 if it matters.
- Due to security concerns we disabled the password caching of Win95 (so no
 *.pwl files are generated).
- All experiments are started after a reboot of Win95.

If I try to open a URL like
Netscape says
     "Netscape is unable to find the file or directory anmed:
     Check the name and try again."

If I open manually a connection to the respective share on the Samba server
smbsrv, then I get the file in Netscape correctly. Even if I now destroy my
smbd process on smbsrv, if I open the above URL again, it can fetch the
file again - so I guess Win95 must have cached my password in memory.
Much harder to pinpoint is the fact that after a user is logged into Win95
(and our NT domain)  for an unknown time somehow the ability to open a URL
like the above is lost - even if it was open some hours before and a manual
reconnect is necessary. Has the password caching of Win95 in memory maybe a
certain lifetime?

If the passwd caching via *.pwl files in Win95 is enabled again, the
problem seems to vanish - I guess it is now using the *.pwl information,
which is permanent?

Interestingly enough MS Internet Explorer does not show these problems ...

Can somebody shed some light on this story?
Thank you very much!
Axel Tanner

  Axel Tanner
  IBM Zurich Research Laboratory    email: axs at
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