[Samba] Samba fc3: accent problem

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Sat Nov 27 18:06:42 GMT 2004

I am unable to properly view ISO8859-15 characters (typicaly characters
with accent such as é, è, à...) from filenames on a samba server using
fedora core 3. After spending hours on it, I have been unable to find a
solution. Any help from you would be greatly appreciated.

Here is the description of my configuration:

I have 3 machines running:
- one server with fc3
- one PC "PC1" with fc3
- one PC "PC2" with XP

The server runs samba 3.0.8-0.pre1.3 with the
following /etc/samba/smb.conf file:

# Global parameters
	unix charset = ISO8859-15
	display charset = ISO8859-15
	workgroup = MYGROUP
	netbios name = SAMBA
	server string = Samba Server
	log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
	max log size = 1000
	unix extensions = No
	load printers = No
	hosts allow =, 192.168.0.
	hosts deny = all

	comment = Home Directories
	read only = No

On both the server and PC1 the /etc/sysconfig/i18n file is set like

LANG="fr_FR at euro"

On PC1, I mount the samba file at start-up with the following line in
the /etc/fstab :

//   /mnt/serveur   cifs
rw,uid=bgirin,credentials=/etc/samba/pwd_bg   0 0

The mounting works fine and from PC1 I can access the files on the
server except that any filename from the server containing non-English
characters (such as é, è, à...) won't display correctly on PC1.

I have not such a problem when I access the same files using PC2 (under
XP). And before using fc3, I was running RH9 on both PC1 & server and
did not have such problem.

I have done a large number of tests and was not able to find a solution.
If you have any idea, please let me know !


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