[Samba] Samba over IPX

Maurizio Manfredini mx2927 at gmail.com
Sat Apr 30 02:48:58 MDT 2011

Hi all,

Thanks a lot for your replies.


On 4/27/2011 5:30 PM, Volker Lendecke wrote:
> 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.
> Volker

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