[Samba] chinese characters

Max Waterman davidmaxwaterman at fastmail.co.uk
Tue Jan 11 02:48:52 GMT 2005

Hello again,

This is causing my users a lot of pain. Is SAMBA not supposed to work in 

Is there a better place to ask this question? Did I not give enough 

I am feeling the pressure to move back to MS Windows, but I'd rather not 
give MS any more money.

Please advise...


Max Waterman wrote:
> Hi,
> I am using SME server 6.0 which has samba preconfigured on it. We 
> upgraded from MS Windows 2000 server.
> I am using the server in China and so many of the users wish to create 
> files with Chinese characters in their names.
> File names with Chinese characters seem to cause all sorts of problems. 
> They have trouble creating them, and files which are copied off backup 
> (from the W2K system) seem to stop them from logging in (because they 
> cannot be copied off the server).
> Can someone point me at any resources for debugging this sort of problem?
> I have been to the SME forums but they haven't been any help - the only 
> thing was a mention of a couple of parameters ('character set' should be 
> commented out, and 'client code page' set to 936) in the smb.conf file 
> (as per the man page).
> Is there anything else I need to do? Is there anywhere that explains how 
> this is supposed to work. How do I use the server with computers using 
> different 'code pages', as reported by the dos command chcp?
> Thanks for any help.
> Max.

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