If you have trouble with the character mapping of SAMBA
There is a tool known als validchr.com which I designed to archive
- Enable SAMBA to recognize the CASE-Mapping (UPPERCASE/LOWERCASE)
of foreign character sets, such that you can access
"DFÜ.TXT" as "dfü.txt" on a SAMBA drive.
- Write out a "valid chars =" line suitable for smb.conf
- Be easy to use in DOS mode
Where to find it
You can find it in the examples section of samba. Under SuSE(r)-Linux
it can be found in
- It does not run on fast processors. On a fast processor (above
300 MHz or so) validchr.com does nothing. In fact the borland startup
code of the original valichr.com tool gets a division by zero.
There is a fixed version (I hope)
- You cannot map characters such that, with "ls", the
Unix(tm) side shows the correct "foreign" characters.
Rumours tell me that there is character encoding support in the latest
version of Samba (Samba 2), but I don't know if validchr.com
is compatible with Samba 2.
- You have to run a binary on your computer which I cannot proof
correctness myself. I do not have any current Windows(tm) C Compiler
myself, so I cannot prepare any new version. Even if I had I cannot
ensure that my own system is virus free ..
To get your "valid chars =" line into your smb.conf, please do
- Locate validchr.com. It's part of the SAMBA
distribution. Try "locate validchr.com" on the unix shell.
- Open a DOS box. Create a scratch directory on you hard drive.
Do not create this scratch directory on a network drive! Copy
validchr.com to the scratch directory. Start validchr.com in the
scratch directory. You should get many lines of output.
- If there is no output, see below!
- The last line of the output (it's very long) starts with "valid chars
=". Take this line and copy it entirely into the [global]
section of your smb.conf file.
- You may remove the scratch directory and the contents.
- Kill smbd (the Samba server process) and restart it.
But: There are rumours about that validchr.com fails for some
other foreign character sets; I can only check it for german (western)
codes. I am really pretty sure that it will fail for multi-byte-codes
such as japanese or korean character sets.
Then it looks like you have a processor which is too fast. The
following might help you. I havn't checked it completely myself:
- Download validchr32.com. It
was compiled by Maxim Sobolev (thank you for this).
- Create a scratch directory on your hard drive.
- Copy validchr32.com into this scratch directory.
- Start command.com in this scratch directory.
- Call validchr32.com > out.txt
You find the "valid chars =" line as the last line in the file out.txt.
- Perhaps start windows in the MS-DOS-only-mode and retry this again.
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