Samba Catia Mappings and Norwegian Characters

By hernil

From the Catia docs:

The Catia CAD package commonly creates filenames that use characters that are illegal in CIFS filenames. The vfs_catia VFS module implements a character mapping so that these files can be shared with CIFS clients.

Turns out there’s a big gotcha for some special characters - in this case for the Norwegian character “ø” which ends up failing more or less silently when trying to manipulate files with this character over Samba.

Typical config

A typical config of Catia for a given share looks like this (taken from the docs)

	path = /data/cad
	vfs objects = catia
	catia:mappings = 0x22:0xa8,0x2a:0xa4,0x2f:0xf8,0x3a:0xf7,0x3c:0xab,0x3e:0xbb,0x3f:0xbf,0x5c:0xff,0x7c:0xa6

What this does is mapping each pair of characters from a to b using hex codes.


for example maps : to _ (colon to underscore) - a very important mapping as colon is not a valid character in cifs but very much allowed on a unix file system and indeed commonly used as they are observed in ISO-8601 date representations.

The problem

Our problem is related to the following mapping:


Which maps the character / to ø. This causes problems for files containing the character in its own right which will manifest in several ways. Notably issues displaying and manipulating files with the character on the file share.

Valid Norwegian-friendly config

	path = /data/cad
	vfs objects = catia
	catia:mappings = 0x22:0xa8,0x2a:0xa4,0x2f:0x3d,0x3a:0xf7,0x3c:0xab,0x3e:0xbb,0x3f:0xbf,0x5c:0xff,0x7c:0xa6

Replacing this mapping with 0x2f:0x3d where 0x3d is =. I get how ø is a better visual replacement for / but that form will be sacrified on the alter of function in this case.


One sentence to note that the ø character also occurs in Danish and might turn out to cause problems for a Dane some day.

And here is the full list of characters going in and out of the mapping in case someone hits this issue from another angle (character).

    " (Quotation mark)
    ¨ (Diaeresis)
    * (Asterisk)
    ¤ (Currency sign)
    / (Solidus or Slash)
    ø (Latin small letter o with stroke)
    : (Colon)
    ÷ (Division sign)
    < (Less-than sign)
    « (Left-pointing double angle quotation mark)
    > (Greater-than sign)
    » (Right-pointing double angle quotation mark)
    ? (Question mark)
    ¿ (Inverted question mark)
    ÿ (Latin small letter y with diaeresis)
    | (Vertical bar or Pipe)


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