[Samba] smbmount codepage/iocharset settings vs NT4

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Sun Oct 30 21:34:22 GMT 2005

On Sun, 2005-10-30 at 14:58 +0100, Leonard den Ottolander wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm in the process of setting up a backup server for a somewhat
> antiquated NT4 server. Backup server is CentOS-4 (~ RHEL-4),
> kernel-2.6.9-11.EL, samba-client-3.0.10-1.4E, rsync-2.6.3-1,
> LANG=en_US.UTF-8. NT4 shares are mounted on the server and rsynced to
> local disk.
> This setup is working pretty well, however on the NT box there are some
> files with names containing odd characters like accented characters and
> ellipsis. I'm a bit at a loss as to the correct settings of the smbmount
> iocharset and codepage parameters to use, and whether the display
> charset and unix charset options in smb.conf are relevant to the mounts.

You should use the CIFS VFS for your backup operations, as it will
correctly use unicode on the wire, and therefore allow a correct utf8

smbfs is considered deprecated, and certainly should not be used for new

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                http://samba.org/~abartlet/
Samba Developer, SuSE Labs, Novell Inc.        http://suse.de
Authentication Developer, Samba Team           http://samba.org
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College  http://hawkerc.net
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