New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

Summary: According to a reported bug, Apple Mac OS X Lion client and server have trouble with Windows Sharing for flies including extended attributes. The issue extends to Windows 7 and Windows XP.

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According to a reported bug, Apple Mac OS X Lion client and server have trouble with Windows Sharing for flies including extended attributes. The issue extends to Windows 7 and Windows XP.

Steve Maser, senior systems administrator at the Univ. of Michigan's Office of Technology Transfer, posted the report to the Mac OS X Server list on Monday.

It will appear to start to copy down, but then you'll get a (more commonly for me) "the file name you specified is not valid or too long" error message  or (less commonly in my case) an "Invalid MS-DOS Function" message.

Some of the types didn't always cause the problem, so Maser speculated that it isn't the fault of the attribute but its contents that cause it.

But, unless you remove the meta data, you won't be able to copy the file down to your Windows desktop. But you can open/run/delete/move the files without issue.

He offered a non-fix fix.

The problem is that *this doesn't solve the problem*.  It only clears the metadata when you run the command. If you download another file from the internet or receive an e-mail attachment or take another screen shot (for example)? That metadata gets put back on the file and you are back in the the same boat.

Other posts in the discussion thread suggest that there are similar issues with other files. It appears that the early release of Lion Server is a work in progress, perhaps not the best choice for your prime-time use.

Topics: Windows, Apple, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software

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    zadocpaet
  • Pun intended?

    <i>"According to a reported bug, Apple Mac OS X Lion client and server have trouble with Windows Sharing for flies..."</i><br><br>Will a fly-swat do the trick?

    And... wow...
    [i]" It appears that the early release of Lion Server is a work in progress, perhaps not the best choice for your prime-time use."[/i]

    Considering that Apple cut the rest of their back-end offerings off, just what are Apple blow-hards to do??? Run {gasp} Windows or Linux?!
    UrNotPayingAttention
    • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

      @chmod 777

      it was confirmed by apple, what more do you want?
      blazing_smiley_face
      • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

        @blazing_smiley_face
        Right .. would it be a confirmed bug form MSFT your words wouldn't be the same...
        cyrrusthevirus
    • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

      @chmod 777

      I'm a big Apple fan, but even I have to agree that Lion seems like it was rushed to market without thorough (enough) testing.

      I mean, it's big and complicated, so I'm not surprised that a few bugs would exist -- that's par for the course for any "1.0" software release from anyone. But there do seem to be more than a few bugs in Lion.

      At least they confirmed it and are, presumably, addressing it.
      jscott69
  • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

    Please tell me this isn't based on a single bug report... that IS what it sounds like.

    Please tell me you've tried (and succeeded) to reproduce this.

    Because it would be too just too sad if you were basing this on a single bug report.
    Jeremy-UK
  • Did Apple do any testing on Lion at all?

    It sure doesn't sound like it.
    toddybottom
  • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

    'it just works'
    TKR1
  • A bug Apple needs to fix

    We could share the folder using AFP, FTP, NFS (even WebDAV) if only those troublesome clients supported it;-)
    Richard Flude
    • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

      @Richard Flude : Why would Microsoft bother to? But MS does support WebDav and FTP.
      Gisabun
    • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

      @Richard Flude
      Right - and btw let's change all those nokia, htc, samsung, hp, dell and replace them with an apple
      cyrrusthevirus
  • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

    Those aren't the Droids we're looking for....
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

    Another Lion bug. Apple didn't do much quality testing when they released it.
    LoverockDavidson_-24231404894599612871915491754222
    • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

      @LoverockDavidson_ : That plus the other bugs - including those affecting those who use Adobe products.
      Gisabun
  • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

    New bug... Mac won't share "flies"
    I'm not sure I really want to be sharing "flies".
    house63
  • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

    I THINK LION TOTALLY UNTESTED. ON TOP OF 5 ISSUES I HAVE ENCOUNTERED NOW MAGNIFICATION . IT HAS MIND OF IT'S OWN!!
    CALLOHAN
    • RE: New Lion bug may trouble Windows file sharing

      @CALLOHAN

      Apparently caps lock works...
      Just Some Dude