Bug 2162 - "mangling names" and leading dot in directory name
Summary: "mangling names" and leading dot in directory name
Alias: None
Product: Samba 3.0
Classification: Unclassified
Component: File Services (show other bugs)
Version: 3.0.7
Hardware: Other AIX
: P3 normal
Target Milestone: none
Assignee: Samba Bugzilla Account
QA Contact: Samba QA Contact
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Reported: 2004-12-15 07:10 UTC by Walter Laub
Modified: 2005-09-27 14:46 UTC (History)
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Description Walter Laub 2004-12-15 07:10:12 UTC
samba 3x compiled on AIX5.X

The option "mangled names", that is default set to "yes" mangles directories
that have names starting with a leading "." (dot)

Version 2x of samba does not mangle the names of directories starting with a dot!

Is this a new feature or not?
Comment 1 Gerald (Jerry) Carter (dead mail address) 2005-02-17 10:08:51 UTC
probably a feature.  Man you read over the changes in 
smb.conf regarding mangling method?   The default algorithm 
changed between 2.2.x and 3.0.x
Comment 2 Walter Laub 2005-02-21 01:19:24 UTC
I read, that the algorithm of this function changed, but this not implitcitly
change the behavior of the function.

I think in this case, the reference could be the behaviour of a windows system.
Windows support without problems a leading dot in a directory name. O.k., you
cannot make a directory with leading dot with the "windows explorer gui", but
from command line or with an application this works fine.

I think the best is, if samba make this in the same manner and not mangle this case.
Comment 3 Gerald (Jerry) Carter (dead mail address) 2005-09-27 14:46:41 UTC
Closing.  Needs testing against 3.0.20.  Feel free to reopen
if the current version still has a bug in you opinion.