[Samba] linux -> windows special characters in filenames problems

Evans, Bill bevans at fhcrc.org
Tue Apr 28 17:08:28 GMT 2009

Try setting this in the share section in smb.conf

mangled names = No

Bill Evans

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[mailto:samba-bounces+bevans=fhcrc.org at lists.samba.org] On Behalf Of
Kaleb Harper
Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 10:03 AM
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Subject: [Samba] linux -> windows special characters in filenames

I'm running Samba 3.32 on my linux server to share files with the
computers on the network. My problem is that windows doesn't support
special characters in filenames, like ' : ', that linux has no problem
So something (not sure if it's Samba or windows) is mangling
names containing that character into 8.3 names, which makes it very
difficult to know from windows what's in the directories; I'm having to
each directory to see the contents, which is quite an annoyance. Here's
couple of examples of how it's mangling directory names:

'this: is a test'    is getting turned into        'THUKO5~M'
'this: is another test'        is getting turned into        'TPYQ1X~Y'

Since I suspect there's not an easy way to get windows to understand the
' :
' and various other characters that it probably doesn't understand
I was hoping there was a way to change the mangling to something more
readable. I don't care if it removes the ' : ' completely, or changes it
into some other character, I just want to be rid of the 8.3 names. I'm
hoping that it's something that can be done from Samba so I don't have
reconfigure several windows computers, but I'll do whatever it takes if
have to :)

I appreciate any help you all can give me.
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