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I have a couple Linux fileserver running Samba, what do I need to do to support filenames with unicode characters?

  • Do particular filesystem have better support for Unicode?
    • Would I get better support by using something other then ext3?
  • What do I have to do to get Samba to work with Unicode filenames?
  • What other types of issues will I have with Unicode filenames?
    • How about NFS and Unicode?

I am hoping for general information that applies to any distribution, but if it matters assume that the locale of the system is en_US.UTF-8 and the is running either Debian (Lenny), or Ubuntu (Hardy).

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In my experience with ext3, XFS and reiserfs, there was no difference in Unicode support.

All you have to to is to set the following in the [global] section of your smb.conf


(or CP437 or whatever you like, this is used when talking to DOS or Win9x/3.x clients).

Also, you could read

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