[Samba] Illegal Characters in filename

James Peach jorgar at gmail.com
Fri Sep 14 22:50:24 GMT 2007

On 14/09/2007, Sean Dizazzo <SDizazzo at ascentmedia.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> We are sharing directories from Windows 2003 server to, among other
> things, Mac computers.  Most of the time the windows shares work
> perfectly.  However we are running into a problem with users entering
> odd characters into file names on the Mac clients.

What sort of characters?

> The Mac clients see these files/folders perfectly fine, as samba on
> the Mac allows for these odd characters.  However, if someone tries to
> access one of these files on a  windows client, the operation errors
> out.  The errors range from "not sufficient permissions" to "the file
> doesn't exist"

Which windows clients? If the server is happy to accept file names
with these characters in them, it's odd that clients would not also
accept them.

> For internal use, we can yell at the offenders to have them stop
> adding odd characters to the names.  This will work somewhat.  But
> some of these files and folders are created by external clients that
> are much harder to yell at.
> Is there any way to either use the mac samba client to limit the
> allowed characters, or to somehow force a filename change when an
> illegal character is entered?

Not to my knowledge.

The Mac client is not Samba, so you might have better luck on a
Mac-specific mailing list, eg:

make sure you note what Os the mac clients are running and whether the
SMB client is the Apple one or the Thursby one

James Peach | jorgar at gmail.com

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