[Samba] Workgroup name too long

Thomas Schulz schulz at adi.com
Wed Feb 25 18:39:04 MST 2015

>> From: Reindl Harald <h.reindl at thelounge.net>
>> To: samba at lists.samba.org
>> Date: 02/25/2015 02:52 PM
>> Subject: Re: [Samba] Workgroup name too long
>> Sent by: samba-bounces at lists.samba.org
>> Am 25.02.2015 um 22:48 schrieb Miguel Medalha:
>>>> I have searched for this and the solutions I found were for instances
>>>> where the workgroup name *was* too long.  However, my workgroup name 
> is
>>>> *not* too long.  The spaces between PEGASUS and ^[ are part of the
>>>> message, I did not add them.  If you count them there are 16 total
>>>> including ending ^[.  I can't figure out where the spaces are coming
>>> from.
>>>>   This is the same for every Samba server.  Each machine will show 
> this
>>>> message for the other servers but not itself.  MachineA will show 
> message
>>>> for B and C, but not A.  MachineB will show message for A and C but 
> not B.
>>> I can count 17 characters...
>> here you go:
>> https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1175710#c10
> I understand the limit is 15.  However, in the case I included, the count 
> is only 7.
> I did *not* add the spaces nor the ending character (I assume it is some 
> control
> character).  The line below is straight from smb.conf
> workgroup = pegasus

I wonder if perhaps there is a control character at the end of that line
that does not show up if you print it out. Try deleting that line and then
typing it back in.

> All the machines I am referring to are Fedora.
> Thank you.
>>> According to Microsoft:
>>> "The NetBIOS naming convention allows for 16 characters in a NetBIOS 
> name.
>>> Microsoft, however, limits NetBIOS names to 15 characters and uses the
>>> 16th character as a NetBIOS suffix. "
>>> and
>>> "All NetBIOS names are 16 characters in length. A NetBIOS suffix is 
> the
>>> 16th character of the 16-character NetBIOS name. The NetBIOS suffix is
>>> used by Microsoft Networking software to identify functionality 
> installed
>>> on the registered device. "
>>> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/163409
>>> Names are padded with spaces to 15 bytes, plus the NetBIOS suffix in 
> the
>>> 16th byte

Tom Schulz
Applied Dynamics Intl.
schulz at adi.com

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