[Samba] Samba over IPX

Volker Lendecke Volker.Lendecke at SerNet.DE
Wed Apr 27 09:30:53 MDT 2011

On Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 12:19:06PM -0300, fernando at lozano.eti.br wrote:
> Tecnically there should be no problem implementing IPX
> support in Samba like it worked with DOS Lan Manager and
> Windows for Workgroups. It has nothing to do with NCP and
> Netware. NCP is akin to SMB, not TCP. IPX has SPX which is
> the connection-oriented protocol, while IPX would be used
> directly for datagram messages (like UDP). I guess the
> same kernel syscalls and glibc sockets API would support
> the IPX stack instead of TCP/IP, so it would not be so big
> a change in code. If someone wants to try, just grab the
> sources and start hacking (I won't). But I heard IPX
> support is no longer mantained in current linux kernels,
> and thus porting Samba to IPX could be a dead-end.

The problem is that SMB over IPX does not use SPX. It has
its own sequencing protocol that Samba would need to
implement and thus is a larger change to Samba.


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