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MSDFS UNIX Path Is Case-Critical

A network administrator sent advice to the Samba mailing list after long sessions trying to determine why DFS was not working. His advice is worth noting.

I spent some time trying to figure out why my particular DFS root wasn't working. I noted in the documentation that the symlink should be in all lowercase. It should be amended that the entire path to the symlink should all be in lowercase as well.

For example, I had a share defined as such:

path = /export/home/Shares/public_share
msdfs root = yes

and I could not make my Windows 9x/Me (with the dfs client installed) follow this symlink:

		damage1 -> msdfs:damage\test-share

Running a debug level of 10 reveals:

		[2003/08/20 11:40:33, 5] msdfs/msdfs.c:is_msdfs_link(176)
		  is_msdfs_link: /export/home/shares/public_share/* does not exist.

Curious. So I changed the directory name from .../Shares/... to .../shares/... (along with my service definition) and it worked!

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