[Samba] name mangling makes 8.3 unreadable unlike Windows fileserver
kev at brantaero.com
Thu Oct 3 08:17:18 MDT 2013
I'm cross-posting here from serverfault.com in case anyone can help. I
just found a similar question on askubuntu.com also without an answer.
Switched recently from W2K3 to Samba4.0.9/CentOS6.4 for our fileshare
for WinXP clients.
Have an ancient (1995!) piece of software that uses 8.3 filename format.
After the switch, long filenames became useless in the context of the
File->Open dialog box. Instead of the first few characters, we get maybe
1 character the same if we're lucky, which in a directory of thousands
makes it impossible to find. For example, instead of "S:\Air
conditioning control system" becoming "S:\AIRCON~1" like it would
before, it's displayed in this program as "S:\A51FHG~S".
In our directory of client identifiers with their contact names
appended, formerly directory mangling would leave enough characters
intact that client identifiers could still be used. Not anymore.
None of the settings in the docs seem to talk about this exact problem.
In fact, they seem to show it the way we were used to. Our smb.conf
doesn't use any of the settings because the defaults seem to be what we
want, according to the docs. Any hints?
(If you want to answer on serverfault feel free:
Thanks for any help,
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