[Bug 257411] Re: mount.cifs ignores iocharset even specified

Steve Langasek steve.langasek at canonical.com
Thu Aug 21 06:00:45 BST 2008

Thank you for taking the time to report this issue and help to improve

According to the mount.cifs(8) manpage, the 'iocharset' option is only
used when the server supports Unicode.  The references I've found on the
Internet confirm my distant memory that Samba 2.2 did not support
Unicode on the wire, which means that the kernel cifs driver will not
translate these filenames for you.

I'm marking this bug as 'triaged', but I'm afraid it's unlikely to
receive attention, since only very old servers (Win9x, and Samba 2.2 or
earlier) don't support Unicode on the wire and a considerable amount of
additional code would be required to handle charset translations in the
non-Unicode case.

FWIW, the next release of Fedora will have the same problem, since the
old smbfs kernel driver has been deprecated across the board; so I
regretfully suggest that you upgrade your Samba server.

** Changed in: samba (Ubuntu)
   Importance: Undecided => Low
       Status: New => Triaged

mount.cifs ignores iocharset even specified
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