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    I have a share "SysLog", shared via samba and used for Syslog-Server.
    I accidentialy created a Folder "Syslog/backups"  (with "l" and not "L" !) calling "mkdir -p /mnt/user/Syslog/backups"
    now the were two folders: "/mnt/user/SysLog" and "/mnt/user/Syslog" on disk and showen in shares-tab.

    Samba Server now used the new (wrong) folder "Syslog" instead of "SysLog".
    This seems to be a bug and should be prevented in some way.

    My solution was stopping all Services (Docker, VM), the I was able to delete "/mnt/user/Syslog" via shares-tab (deleting in cli was not possible for me).
    After restarting Services everything was fine again 🙂


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    This is inherent in the way Samba operates.    The SMB protocol is case insensitive whereas Linux is not.    If two files/folders exist with the same spelling but different case then Samba will pick up one of them snd ignore the other.   I do not know how you can tell which one it will pick up.


    The only thing I think Unraid can do is somehow warn you about this.   I ‘think’ it will stop you creating shares like this via the GUI, but not when you do it under the covers.

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    thanks for this information, now I understand what was happening, makes sense..

    my learning: we have to be careful when operating manually in the deep of Unraids filesystem 🙂

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