The Samba-Bugzilla – Bug 874
Samba shares sporadically show up with empty names in Windows Explorer
Last modified: 2005-11-14 09:24:24 UTC
I've installed and configured Samba 2.2.8a on Debian "Woody" stable for a
customer. This server replaces the previously used Windows 2000 domain controller.
While the network generally works well, a strange effect has been observed
repeatedly on at least two of the five Windows XP Pro workstations: one of the
shares (named "secretariat", connected like all the others through "net use" by
means of the login script) sometimes is listed in Windows Explorer without a name.
When looking at the properties of that network drive, the filesystem gets
indicated as "raw" (instead of "Network drive" - "NTFS"). The incorrectly
connected network drive can however be used almost normally, though with an
important restriction: it is not possible to rename files whose names are longer
than 8 characters. It would seem that the incorrectly connected network drive
somehow falls back to 8.3 naming.
In smb.conf, name mangling has been turned off in an unsuccessful attempt to
solve this problem, which however appears sporadically. It usually goes away
after logging out and in again.
Sorry, but the 2.2 is not under development any longer.
If you can reproduce this bug against the latest 3.0 release,
please reopen this bug and change the version in the report.