Executing non-8.3 named files

Peter A. Kazmir pkazmir at dazel.com
Tue Feb 2 00:16:31 GMT 1999


I've got an AIX 4.2.1 server running Samba 2.0.  I am having a little problem with executable files.

Seems that if I try to execute (on an NT client, at least) a file whose path or filename is non in 8.3 format, I get wierd "can't
find xxxx.exe or a component" messages.

For example, one file we have on the AIX filesystem, /qa/images is
"/qa/images/Internet/Browsers/Netscape/Communicator/cb32a404.exe".  On the NT clients, /qa/images is mounted as I: .  If I try to
execute this ("I:\Internet\Browsers\Netscape\Communicator\cb32a404.exe") then I get the error message.  If I rename "Communicator"
"Communic" then it works just fine.  If I rename "cb32a404.exe" "cb.32a.404.exe" it won't work.  We tried making the path shorter
(to see if it was some sort of path limit) but that didn't seem to be it.

Any one of these combinations work fine if the server is an NT Server instead of a Samba server, or if I copy the executable to a
similarly-named local path or filename, so I figure I've just need to fiddle with my smb.conf.  (I hope <g>)  I can see/use non 8.3
file/directory names over Samba just fine.  Just executing them is causing me headaches.

Any ideas?

Here's my smb.conf file:

# Global parameters
        workgroup = QANT
        netbios name = PLUTO
        server string = QA Fileserver - AIX 4.2.1/Samba 2.0.0
        interfaces =
        security = SHARE
        log level = 2
        wins server =
        case sensitive = No
        preserve case = Yes
        short preserve case = Yes
        mangled names = No
        syslog = 3
        syslog only = Yes

        comment = QA Installable Images
        path = /qa/images
        read only = No
        guest ok = Yes

(... more shares, all exactly like "qaimages")


                           Peter A. Kazmir
                 Quality Assurance * Technical Services
                          Dazel Corporation
             301 Congress Ave, Suite 1100, Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512)494-7315 * Fax: (512)494-7394 * Internet: pkazmir at dazel.com

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