[Samba] Getting 8.3 samba short filenames in linux

Dominic Raferd dominic at timedicer.co.uk
Sat Sep 1 06:07:59 MDT 2012

 From a windows client it is easy and fast to obtain from a samba share 
both the long filenames and the short 8.3 names by using DIR /x. Is 
there a way for a Linux client to obtain this same information swiftly 
for a large directory listing - or indeed for the samba server to show 
this information? The only way I have found is using smbclient's altname 
function but I seem to have to call this individually for each file, 
which makes it very slow.

[In case you are wondering why anyone should want this info, it is to do 
with an old DOS program which accesses a samba share.]

Thanks for any help

*TimeDicer - Windows Backup and File Recovery from Whenever 

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