[Samba] scandinavian letters or charset problem?

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Thu Mar 18 08:46:21 GMT 2004

On Thu, 2004-03-18 at 06:20, Pirkka Luukkonen wrote:
> Hi!
> This teamware mailclient (teamware.com) that we use at the office has 
> problems adding files as attachments from our Samba 3.0.2a share. The 
> attachment file browser sees the files but fails to add them as 
> attachments (with an error message: "valid.stf - file not found" 
> regardless of the file name in question). I tracked this thing down to 
> scandinavian letters (if your mail client supports it you should see 
> these åäöÅÄÖ) in directory names.
> example:
> g:\some-directory\some-file.png        Works OK
> g:\scandiåöä\some-file.png         Doesn't work.
> Anywhere else in Windows XP samba directories work just fine with 
> scandinavian letters. This is the only program that behaves like this 
> and I haven't received any help from vendor or manufacturer and they are 
> as amazed as I am.
> Server is Samba 3.0.2a with winbind and the charsets are:
>         dos charset = CP850
>         unix charset = UTF-8
> Clients are Windows XP/2k/NT and Teamware Office 5.3/6.0.

In the same way that Samba has had to deal with the move to unicode, so
have many windows applications.  In windows, the transition is to a new
collection of 'W' functions, for 'wide' character set.  This is a lot of
work, and many applications instead convert back and forth to the old
ASCII or OEM code page.  If your user's profile/localle is incorrect,
then this might be part of the issue.  The correct solution may be for
your application to be at least partially recoded using these

How well does this work against a win2k server?  If it doesn't fail,
then we have something more fishy going on...

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                 abartlet at pcug.org.au
Manager, Authentication Subsystems, Samba Team  abartlet at samba.org
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College   abartlet at hawkerc.net
http://samba.org     http://build.samba.org     http://hawkerc.net
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