Ticket #9148 (new defect)

Opened 7 years ago

Shared folders don't appear to handle filenames encoding correctly

Reported by: mux Owned by:
Priority: major Component: shared folders
Version: VirtualBox 4.0.10 Keywords:
Cc: Guest type: Windows
Host type: other


As far as I can see and tell, the shared folders feature of VirtualBox doesn't properly handle character encoding conversions between hosts and guests.

As far as I know, many operating systems do not have a properly defined filename encoding, and it's often a matter of taste and convention, so I guess that it would be unwise to try to implement such a feature in an automatic way.

However, I would expect an option allowing me to ask VirtualBox for specific character encoding translations. Additionally, the guest additions could auto-detect the needed character encoding on the guest in some cases (for instance, when running a Windows guest using an NTFS filesystem, I reckon it is safe to assume that the guest will need UTF-16 filenames).

This is exactly what I would need in my case: I'm running a Windows guest on a FreeBSD host. Most of my filenames are encoded in UTF-8 (as is very common on UNIX-like systems, though, once again, not "standard" to the best of my knowledge), and I would need them to be translated to UTF-16 for the Windows guest.

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