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Samba for eComStation (OS/2)

Samba is a free implementation of the CIFS/SMB protocol for Unix, which allows LAN-Server style file and printer sharing among machines running Windows, Mac OS, Unix or eComStation (OS/2). The goal of this project is to port the Samba server and create Samba clients for eCS (OS/2) in order to replace the functionality of the outdated IBM-LAN-Requester/Peer/Server? components.

The eComStation (OS/2) server port is very fast and stable, and although still incomplete, very usable for daily work. It can be used to perform the following tasks:

  • share files among eCS (OS/2), Windows, Mac OS and Unix machines, including extended attribute support.
  • share printers among eCS (OS/2), Windows, Mac OS and Unix machines.

Official Releases

Release date Type ComponentVersionBased upon PackageDescription
08th May, 2009ClientPort driver 1.0Samba 3.0.3x ZIPRequired to print to shared printers or printer servers
Client partEVFS1.001 Remote file system, comes with eComStation
Client partNetdrive3.x Remote file system, shareware by BluePrint software
11th May, 2009Client part Plugin for EVFS/Netdrive1.0Samba 3.0.34ZIPRequired to access shared files, deprecated
23th October, 2009Client partPlugin for EVFS/Netdrive1.5beta4Samba 3.0.37ZIPRequired to access shared files
15th November, 2009Client partClient GUI (EVFSGUI)2.0beta5 ZIPRequired to establish and maintain connections
23th October, 2009Client partCommandline utilities1.0.3Samba 3.0.37ZIPRequired by EVFSGUI
14th July, 2009ServerInstallation package1.0.1Samba 3.0.35WPIRequired to share files and printers, easy installation
05th August, 2009ServerServer core files1.0.2Samba 3.0.36ZIPRequired to share files and printers, stable
30th October, 2009ServerServer core files1.1beta4Samba 3.3.9ZIPRequired to share files and printers, experimental

Note: Samba 3.3.x builds currently come as drop-in replacements for a previous installation of any recent 3.0.x build.

Note: You cannot go back from 3.3.x to 3.0.x easily, as the internal format of the tdb files has been changed between 3.0.x and 3.3.x. If you intend to go back, please backup all tdb files in \lock and \private directories before updating and restore from backup before going back.

Note: While 3.3.x binaries have been tested for several weeks now and seem to work well in general, bear in mind that 3.3.x is still beta software and work in progress and therefore not ready for production use.

Note: Currently 3.3.x offers exactly one benefit over 3.0.x: Ticket 59 is gone. GUI-Tools and scripts work with 3.3.x, but only make little use of new features found in Samba 3.3.x.

FAQ Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Here is our ever growing collection of useful Samba for eCS (OS/2) Frequently Asked Questions and Answers.

More Information

Interim Releases

Herwig Bauernfeind provides interim releases of Samba server, clients GUI tools and scripts on his Samba for eCS (OS/2) page.

Reporting Bugs

Reporting bugs and requesting new features is done through the ticket system. You can view existing tickets, add comments to them and create new tickets using the corresponding buttons at the top of every page. If you want to submit a new bug or request a feature, please use the Search function first to make sure there is no ticket for this task already created.

Anonymous access to the ticket system has been restricted due to multiple attacks of stupid spammers we've been suffering from during the last month. In order to create a new ticket or comment the existing one, you need to login with your Netlabs login id. If you do not have a login id, you can request one at We are sorry for inconvenience, but at the present time this is the only way to avoid extremely annoying spam.



  • Paul Smedley (aka Smedles)
  • Yuri Dario (aka Paperino)
  • Silvan Scherrer (aka diver)
  • Herwig Bauernfeind (aka HerwigB)
  • Alex Taylor (aka AlexT)
  • Nikolay Kolosov (aka nickk)
  • and all we missed

Thanks for testing!


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Samba Client GUI (EVFSGUI) Version 2.0 beta3 (no visual difference to beta4)

Note for the knitpickers: This is no fake, but a hybrid Samba 3.0.36/37 running in order to work around an issue found in recent 3.0.37 nmbd.exe builds, which is under investigation.

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Samba Client GUI (EVFSGUI) Version 2.0 beta1

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