[Samba] Samba over IPX

Maurizio Manfredini mx2927 at gmail.com
Tue Apr 26 08:32:38 MDT 2011

Hi Chris,

Just to add some info. I tried with NCP over IPX (mars_nwe) but I found 
that the MS-DOS Network Client doesn't connect to it. Appearently this 
is because MS Network Client for DOS uses SMB over IPX, and not NCP over 
IPX. NCP under DOS would need the Novel client to be installed.
SMB over IPX sounds like addressing again to Samba over IPX...

Thanks anyway,

On 4/11/2011 8:57 PM, Chris Weiss wrote:
> 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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