[Samba] Samba over IPX

Chris Weiss cweiss at gmail.com
Mon Apr 11 12:57:08 MDT 2011

I have TCP/IP on DOS on several systems, 2 of which are CNC, slowest
is a 386 with 2MB ram, and I have no issues with it.  yes IP uses more
ram than IPX, but it's still not significant enough to cause problems
with most programs.

But back to your question: IPX isn't just a network layer, it's got
it's own completely different file sharing protocols and NCP server
software to go with it.  I'd suggest plugging "linux IPX" into a
search engine.  you can share out the same folder structure using both
SMB and NCP protocols, and also NFS and AFP if you like.

On Mon, Apr 11, 2011 at 1:32 PM, Maurizio Manfredini <mx2927 at gmail.com> wrote:
> I would like to add my case for a wish of IPX support in Samba:
> We use a number of CNC tool machines whose host is pure DOS based.
> Don't be surprised that DOS is stilll running somewhere. It is fairly OK
> when we get to the field of HW and real-time control, unlike Windows and the
> like...
> These hosts use IPX to access LAN shares. IPX is here preferable to TCP/IP
> because of its lower memory consumption.
> Anyone knows how to make Samba work over IPX, or is there any plan for IPX
> support in Samba ?
> Thanks in advance,
> Maurizio Manfredini
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