> >We use Samba 2.06 and 2.07, to support our Windows 95/98 desktop
> >service, particularly in our PC Laboratories.
> >Occasionally, problems arise which are specific to individual users -
> >and it is subsequently found that the HOME Share of the user contains
> >file(s) with odd names (e.g.. 250 characters with a variety of spaces
> >and quotes - or with a name which looks like a record from the files
> >with comma separated values for input into a spreadsheet.) The
> >machines which hold the filestore for the users run SAMBA 2.07.
> >THE PROBLEM IS AVOIDED WHEN THE ODDLY NAMED FILES ARE RENAMED TO
> >SOMETHING MORE SENSIBLE.
> >Has anyone seen problems like these - and are there things which we can
> >do to avoid these situations?
> I'm not understanding the cause-effect you're trying to describe.
> Are you saying that certain problems arise and one of the _symptoms_
> is that these odd long files appear? Or are you saying that users
> purposely create these odd files, and this causes some kind of problem?
> Or are you saying that these odd files appear with no cause,
> and that _is_ the problem? If not, what _is_ the problem that you
> are observing?
Thanks for the reply - sorry about my lack of clarity.
The symptoms are various - protection errors - very slow response from
programs which usually work quickly (including WIndows explorer). I
wouldn't claim that it's always the case - but in 80% of the instances:
the program is looking at the HOME share when the problem occurs,
the HOME share contains a file which has a very odd, long
in the majority of cases the renaming or deletion of the file cures
This has caused a problem in some classes - where an individual can't
get work done as it 'follows them round campus' - until the problem is
recified. I'm unhappy to accept this as the cause of the problem but
what we are seeing must be more than just coincidence and it's the only
lead that I have at the moment.
(*) Since submitting the enquiry - we've identified the cause of the
very long filenames - so should be able to reduce the number of 'odd
filenames' that the students have.
> Mark Bratcher
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