[Samba] Character encoding problem in file names

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Tue May 30 19:02:17 GMT 2006

On Tue, May 30, 2006 at 06:05:51PM +0300, Helmut Zimmer wrote:
> I'm having some problems with reading files with special characters from
> samba shares. The characters are for example 'ä' and 'ö' (and mainly all
> umlaut chracters). Before I have been using Fedora Core with ISO8859-1 as
> local character encoding and everything was OK when I mounted the samba
> share using options "iocharset=iso8859-1,codepage=850" with smbmount
> (without these parameters characters were wrong). Now that I changed to
> Debian I changed the locale to UTF-8 and since that none of those special
> characters have worked. It doesn't matter if I'm accesing a share of a
> Windows machine or a Linux machine: everytime the characters are wrong. I
> tried "iocharset=utf8" as option to smbmount but it didn't help (am I
> perhaps misspelling something?). It seems that there are quite a few
> articles and questions about this in the net but still after browsing those
> I haven't figured out how to make this work.
> So, any tips?

Is this with smbfs or cifsfs ? smbfs is unsupported.


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