Name Mangling

Ross Branje ross at
Wed Sep 20 13:27:40 GMT 2000

I currently have Samba 2.0.7 installed on a SCO5.5 box. I have seen previous
posting regarding the fix to this name mangling issue but have had no luck
resolving it. When I enable name mangling, the WIN9X pc's resolve long file
names by inserting the mangling character and creating an 8.3 filename. When
I disable mangling, the WIN9X pc's cannot see any file names longer than
8.3. The WINNT pc's are unnaffected throughout either of the changes.
Because of large directory trees, the mangling character substitution and
renaming to 8.3 format is not acceptable. For example, a directory may have
sub-dir's that use a name & then a number( mylongdir1, mylongdir2...). The
problem arises every 10 directories because mangling resolves mylongdir10,
mylongdir20, mylongdir30 all to be mylongd~0. It is then impossible to tell
which is which directory is which. I have compared my smb.conf with said
file on a Linux box running Samba. The Linux box does not cause these
problems; I have been unable to tell where the differences are.

Ross Branje
System Administrator
The Software Group Limited
ross at

"Obstacles are the frightening things you see when you take your eyes off
your goal."

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