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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is to port the Samba server and create Samba clients for eCS (OS/2) in order to replace the functionality of the outdated IBM-LAN-Requester/Peer/Server components.

Please, consider the pages of this wiki to be your online documentation for Samba for eCS (OS/2)!

Official Releases

In the tables below the latest GA (General Availability, stable) release is always marked as Bold
As soon as a newer version is available the older one is removed. So in the below tables are only the latest versions. If you need any older version take a look at the history page.

Additional software prerequisites

It is strongly recommended to install from the WPI packages.

kLibc 0.6.5 LibraryWPIkLibc Runtime libraries required by all Samba related installations.
GCC 4 Core LibrariesWPIGCC 4 runtime libraries required by all Samba related installations.
REXX libraries 1.1.1WPISeveral REXX libraries required for running the Samba GUI Tools, please, uninstall any older revision of this package!
RPM base DLLs 1.5ZIPSeveral DLLs (updated 17/04/2014) from the rpm/yum package used by recent Samba builds. Do not use them if you have a yum/rpm env.
The following DLLs are found in this package readln6.dll, tinfo5.dll, urpo.dll, mmap.dll, popt.dll, z.dll

Note: Please use libc065.dll (inluding forwarder libc064.dll) instead of original libc064.dll, even for builds requiring libc064.dll.


Samba folder im ArcaOS style 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.

Quick access to all server files

Samba 3.0.x based releases

NOTE: The Samba 3.0.xx code is neither supported, nor maintained anymore!
If you need a old 3.0.xx version look here

Samba 3.3.x based releases

Release dateStateComponentVersionBased uponPackageDescription
02nd Sept 2013GAServer core files1.1.4Samba 3.3.16ZIPSeveral minor eCS (OS/2) specific corrections.
02nd Sept 2013GAInstallation package1.1.4Samba 3.3.16WPIRequired to share files and printers, stable, easy installation
06th. July 2011GA (Refresh)RxLib4Smb1.1.1-WPIREXX libraries required to install the Server WPI package!!!

Samba 3.5.x based releases

Release dateTypeComponentVersionBased uponPackageDescription
07th. July 2011betaInstallation package1.2.beta7Samba 3.5.9WPIPreliminary installation package, known problem with password database
02nd Dec 2011betaServer core files1.2.beta9Samba 3.5.11ZIPtdb problems resolved, high mem enabled, libc064

Server Tools

The Server GUI Tools are also installed by default when you install a samba server with a !WarpIN package. They are not included in the Samba server zip files.

Release dateStateComponentVersionBased uponPackageDescription
23th. June 2011GARxLib4Smb1.1.1-WPIRexx libraries required for the GUI Tools
26th. June 2011GASSCC1.0.2-ZIPGUI Tool for server configuration and installation
26th. June 2011GASMBUsers1.0.0-ZIPGUI Tool for user and group administration
15th. Aug. 2010GASMBMon1.9.0-ZIPGUI Tool for Samba status monitoring
21st. Apr. 2013RC3SMBMon2.5.0-ZIPGUI Tool for Samba status monitoring
12th July 2013ChkTDB1.0.0-SVNScript to check the integrity of Samba Server TDB database files

NOTE: Do not use Expert mode if you are using Samba 3.3.x and SSCC Version 1.0.1 or earlier, it will trash your smb.conf!


The eComStation (OS/2) clients can be used to perform the following tasks:

  • access shared files on servers running Samba (eCS (OS/2), Unix) or Windows (Server or Workstation; NT 4 or better), including extended attribute support.
  • print on printer servers that provide SMB/CIFS services.

Quick access to all client files

Samba part

NetDrive for eComStation (OS/2) or EVFS (eComStation Virtual Filesystem for SMB) is required to be installed.

  • NetDrive is a virtual filesystem driver, which is extensible with plugins for various filesystems. We provide a NetDrive plugin for Samba access.
  • EVFS (eComStation Virtual Filesystem for SMB) is installed by default on eComstation version 2.0 GA or better (It was included in some eCS 2.0 RC as well). EVFS also makes use of the NetDrive plugin for Samba access.
  • Try to avoid to install both, as this will for sure confuse one or the other. If you need other NetDrive plugins, we recommend to deinstall EVFS.
Release dateStateComponentVersionBased uponPackageDescription
03rd October 2013GA (Refresh)Plugin2.1.5Samba 3.3.16ZIPRequired to access shared files, dir caching, 3.3.x based
03rd October 2013GA (Refresh)Plugin2.1.5Samba 3.3.16WPIRequired to access shared files, dir caching, 3.3.x based
26th February 2014Beta4Plugin2.2.0Samba 3.5.21ZIPRequired to access shared files, 3.5.x based
26th February 2014Beta4Plugin2.2.0Samba 3.5.21WPIRequired to access shared files, 3.5.x based

NOTE: The Samba 3.0.xx code is neither supported, nor maintained anymore!

Client Tools and GUI

Release dateStateComponentVersionBased uponPackageDescription
09th. April 2013RC4EVFSGUI2.5.0Plugin 2.1.xZIPSetup and manage connections, new version, RC4
06th. April 2012GAEVFSGUI2.1.3Plugin 2.x.xZIPSetup and manage connections, bugfix release
13th. June 2011GAEVFSGUI2.1.2Plugin 2.x.xWPISetup and manage connections
02nd Sept 2013GACommandline utilities1.1.4Samba 3.3.16ZIPRequired by EVFSGUI Ver. 2.x, supports time sync
2nd Sept 2011BetaCommandline utilities1.2.beta9Samba 3.5.11ZIPRequired by EVFSGUI Ver. 2.x
11th. July 2011GA (Refresh)Port driver 1.0.1Samba 3.3.15ZIPRequired to print to shared printers or CIFS/SMB based printer servers
23.04.2013-RPM base DLLsZIPSeveral DLLs from the rpm/yum package used by recent Samba builds

Note: EVFSGUI also can be used together with NetDrive in order to manage SMB/CIFS connections. This makes sense, as EVFSGUI provides functionality for SMB/CIFS connections not found in the NetDrive GUI. For other connection types you will however still need the NetDrive GUI.

Updating eComstation with EVFS

In order to update eComStation with an installed EVFS, you will need the following packages:

  • from the section "Samba part" a plugin package plus
  • from the section "Client Tools and GUI" an EVFSGUI package plus
  • from the section "Client Tools and GUI" a Commandline utilities package

In case you prefer WPI:

Note: The Samba Client WPI that comes with eComStation 2.0 GA is on 2.0.4 level. Note: The Samba Client WPI that comes with eComStation 2.1 GA is on 2.1.0 level.

Interim Releases

Herwig Bauernfeind sometimes provides interim releases and test builds of Samba server, clients, GUI tools and scripts on his download page.
Herwigs own Samba page is not maintained anymore, but still can be found here.

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

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.
We review the tickets regulary and leave comments if we need more info. So please revisit the Feedback analysis as often as possible. If we leave comment and don't get feedback from the ticket creator, we will close the ticket after some weeks.

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  • Silvan Scherrer (aka diver), current core code maintenance, recent core fixes and additions
  • Herwig Bauernfeind (aka HerwigB), testing, maintenance of Samba Server and Client GUI (EVFSGUI 2.x) tools, scripts and WPI installation packages
  • Vitali Pelenyov (aka sunlover), provides Samba Client caching
  • Paul Smedley (aka Smedles), provided historic Samba 3.0.24 port, groundwork for current port
  • Yuri Dario (aka Paperino), provided workable locking code and other important fixes
  • Alex Taylor (aka AlexT), provided historic EVFSGUI 1.x, fixes for 2.x
  • Nikolay Kolosov (aka nickk), provided historic Samba 3.0.9 port
  • and all we missed

Thanks for testing!


  • coming soon

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