Problem with smbclient and WinNT

Posted on 2003-03-26
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Last Modified: 2013-12-27

i'm backing up files from a Windows NT4 box to the tape streamer on Solaris with smbclient and -T option. The problem occurs when i want to get files from Windows that contains special characters as n-tilde, e-accent and so on, all valid characters in windows file names. Then smbclient reports :
NT_STATUS_OBJECT_NAME_NOT_FOUND opening remote file \fotos\peque\361a.jpg

That means \361 is the octal code of n-tilde on Solaris.

Any ideas to control the translation of character codes ?

Thank you, Peter.

Environment: Solaris 2.6, Samba 2.2.5, Windows NT4 SP6
Question by:adminpeter
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Accepted Solution

soupdragon earned 60 total points
ID: 8211058
You can allow samba to cater for these characters by adding them using the valid chars directive in the samba config file smb.conf

valid chars = 0x0361:0x0A00 etc.

This option is now deprecated and recommendation is to use the client code page parameter - default is 850 (Western European). You can modify the standard codepages using the make_smbcodepage utility.

Expert Comment

ID: 8211076
Sorry - I gave those characters in Hex should be octal - 0361 etc I think. You can use Hex, Octal or actual characters (If you can find out how to enter them!)

Author Comment

ID: 8211575
Hello soupdragon,

thank you for your comment.

I think smbclient don't use smb.conf at all. I change my smb.conf but nothing happens.

In interactive smbclient mode i connect to the share and list (ls) the contents and then i get the correct names in the printed list. But if i do ls with a specific filename argument that contains those characters i get the mentioned message. So i create from smbclient something on the share with a special character and the name on the share has another special character at this position.

At this moment i conclude there is a lack of smbclient to translate characters when it sends filenames to the Win NT box. There is a parameter (-t translate code) in smbclient and i see the source but i cannot figure out, where is the trick (if exists...).

Thank you for your help so far ...

Author Comment

ID: 8218691
Hello soupdragon again,

sorry, but i get a little bit confused.
So the following entries in smb.conf (you are right) do the job for me:

character set = iso8859-1
client code page = 850

Problem solved, thanks a lot, bye.

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