[Samba] Share name length limit?

Volker Lendecke Volker.Lendecke at SerNet.DE
Thu Jan 27 08:36:00 MST 2011

On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 10:25:17AM -0500, Stan.Pietkiewicz at statcan.gc.ca wrote:
> I just upgraded an HP-UX 11.23 IA 64 server to Samba 3.5.6, and one of
> the shares would not work. It showed up in testparm as valid, but nobody
> could connect to it. I shortened the length of the share name from 12 to
> 8 characters, and it now works. 
> My pc is running Vista, and authentication is via our domain
> controllers.
> Is this a limit within Samba, or is it something being imposed by
> Windows?

We don't have such a limit in Samba. We'd need a network
trace and a debug level 10 of smbd to see what's going
wrong. Along with your smb.conf file before and after your
change. For info how to create network traces see

With best regards,

Volker Lendecke

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