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Word file naming issue when copying to Samba shares Network
I ran into a little gotcha when copying some Word documents to a Samba share on my FreeBSD box. I'd copy the documents, the icons would appear in the destination window, then they'd quickly disappear. As it turns out, the first line of each document was the title and included an em-dash, thanks to Word's AutoCorrect feature. When I saved the document, I accepted the default filename, which meant that there was an em-dash in the name instead of a hyphen.

Of course, this isn't immediately obvious in Finder. This caused is what caused the problem when copying a file to a Samba share. The fix is to rename the file and replace the em-dash with a hyphen.

I'm just submitting this one because I spent a bunch of time debugging such an obscure problem. Perhaps it'll save someone else the aggravation.
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Word file naming issue when copying to Samba shares
Authored by: twa on May 21, '03 12:17:08PM
I ran into the same issue while trying to copy a buch of files from a 10.2.6 Mac PowerBook to a Samba 2.2.8a share on a FreeBSD 4.8 server. The only files I could successfully copy had filenames like "test.txt" and similar very simple ones.

MP3-files and video clips with underscores, parenthesis and hyphens in the filename would appear briefly after copying and then disappear - just like in your case.

The solution was to edit smb.conf *on the server* and change the line fstype = NTFS to fstype = Samba in the share section.

After that, the Samba share accepted any file the Mac could throw at it.

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-twa-

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