Nicolas Bouliane

Fix garbled file names in SMB shares Posted on

If you have files in your SMB networked folders that look like this: TRZB4~J.mp4, there is a very easy fix to get the original file names.

Open your smb.conf file (usually at /etc/samba/smb.conf) and add the following line under [global]:

mangle case = no
mangled names = no

Once this is done, enter the following command in your terminal:

sudo service samba2 restart

Names are mangled to make them compatible with older operating systems, but this absolutely shouldn’t be a problem that you will face at home.