[Samba] Files missing when using windows XP and samba - not size-dependent

Paul Dunphy pdunphy at research.ryerson.ca
Wed Jul 6 20:38:42 GMT 2005

Hi again folks,

Contrary to what I wrote yesterday, further testing has shown that 
whether a file is missing or not does not depend on the file size. 
Unlike Stuart Bailey, renaming the missing files did not help my situation.

I have so far determined that which files are missing does not depend on 
permissions, file name or file size. All files are visible on the 
Windows client (as they should be) with Samba 3.0.0; some files become 
invisible with Samba 3.0.14a. I have not tried any intermediate versions 
of Samba, so I do not know when this "bug" was introduced.

Is anyone else seeing this? Any troubleshooting suggestions would be 
greatly appreciated!


Paul Dunphy wrote:

> Hi Stuart,
> By any chance, are the missing files very large? I am having a similar 
> problem with Samba 3.0.14a on Irix 6.5.17, and in my case it appears to 
> be related to file size. Large files (>1.2 GB) and the folders 
> containing them do not show up on the Windows client. This problem did 
> not exist in my previous version of Samba, 3.0.0 (which I've been forced 
> to revert to).
> Cheers,
> Paul
> Stuart Bailey wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am using Fedora Core 3 as a server for both Unix (Solaris and HPUX) 
>> and Windows Xp clients. The Unix clients view the files through an NFS 
>> v3 share, and windows client use samba (3.0.8-0.pre1.3).
>> When looking at a directory from the server, or from a Unix client, I 
>> can see 132 files. However, from the Windows client, I can only see 65 
>> files. There appear to be nothing special about the files names (we 
>> have already removed spaces etc from the filenames incase they caused 
>> a problem).
>> If I mount the samba shares via smbfs on the server (to a new mount 
>> point), I can see all 132 files, so I suspect the problem is not samba.
>> I have checked the file permissions, and although they have various 
>> owners, all permissions are 666. There seems to be no consistency 
>> between files that are missing.
>> I have tried a number of different Xp machines and they all exhibit 
>> the same symptoms.
>> Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
>> Many thanks
>> Stuart.

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