[Samba] smbmount and unicode

Sven Köhler skoehler at upb.de
Thu Aug 21 13:46:17 GMT 2003


i've mounted a share of a WinXP machine on a linux machine. The german 
umlauts in the filenames we're not shown correctly, so i looked into the 
docs and found out that i have to specify the charset and the codepage.

Well, i have a small problem with that. I have to set the charset to the 
value my console uses so that i'll see all the pathnames correctly. 
Where do i need the codepage for?

WinXP and NTFS support Unicode, so i guess the SMB protocol does too. 
All pathnames could be transferred over the network using Unicode. No 
codepage would be needed, cause only one conversion would be needed on 
my linux machine:
and the charset could be utf8 for example.

I guess that it is currenly that way:
- Unicode filenames are read from my NTFS filesystem
- are converted into the specified codepage
- are tranferred over the net
- the filenames gets converted from the codepage into the charset that i 

That doesn't satisfy me, cause even if i would use a utf8 console on my 
linux machine and would mount my samba-shared with charset utf8, i 
wouldn't be abled to create files with unicode-chars in it.
The codepage would stay the "bottle-neck" cause all need to be converted 
to that codepage.

Well, another point would be to stay compatible with Win9x cause i don't 
guess that it does support unicode-filenames properly - and perhaps it 
doesn't even support to use unicode with the SMB protocl.

Well, how's the status? Is this a known problem? Was there any progress 
in Samba3.0 to "solve" that?


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