make_unicodemap -- construct a unicode map file for Samba


make_unicodemap {codepage} {inputfile} {outputfile}


This tool is part of the Samba suite.

make_unicodemap compiles text unicode map files into binary unicode map files for use with the internationalization features of Samba 2.2.



This is the codepage or UNIX character set we are processing (a number, e.g. 850).


This is the input file to process. This is a text unicode map file such as the ones found in the Samba source/codepages directory.


This is the binary output file to produce.

Samba Unicode Map Files

A text Samba unicode map file is a description that tells Samba how to map characters from a specified DOS code page or UNIX character set to 16 bit unicode.

A binary Samba unicode map file is a binary representation of the same information, including a value that specifies what codepage or UNIX character set this file is describing.



These are the input (text) unicode map files provided in the Samba source/codepages directory.

A text unicode map file consists of multiple lines containing two fields. These fields are :

unicode_map.<codepage> - These are the output (binary) unicode map files produced and placed in the Samba destination lib/codepage directory.


The location of the server and its support files is a matter for individual system administrators. The following are thus suggestions only.

It is recommended that the make_unicodemap program be installed under the $prefix/samba hierarchy, in a directory readable by all, writeable only by root. The program itself should be executable by all. The program should NOT be setuid or setgid!


This man page is correct for version 2.2 of the Samba suite.


smbd(8), smb.conf(5)


The original Samba software and related utilities were created by Andrew Tridgell. Samba is now developed by the Samba Team as an Open Source project similar to the way the Linux kernel is developed.

The original Samba man pages were written by Karl Auer. The man page sources were converted to YODL format (another excellent piece of Open Source software, available at ftp://ftp.icce.rug.nl/pub/unix/) and updated for the Samba 2.0 release by Jeremy Allison. The conversion to DocBook for Samba 2.2 was done by Gerald Carter