[Posted and mailed]
> I have some users here with umlaut-chars in their names like ??. I cannot change their names due to
> the NT-Domain Controller responsible for the user logons. Those users cannot connect to their
> public_html directory. I suppose this is due to the recoding of these special chars. Is there any
> option in httpd.conf for handling the character conversion?
I don't know about any Apache options, but if the only constraint on
changing the Linux usernames is for compatibility with Samba and the NT
network, you might look into the "username map" parameter to smb.conf.
This specifies a file that contains a mapping of Linux to NetBIOS
usernames. For instance:
neil = "Neil Simpson"
sally = "Sally Jones"
Then, when somebody enters the username "Sally Jones", Samba tries to
match the password against the Linux username "sally". I don't know how
this works with umlauts, but it might be worth a try.
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