Lame Samba Config Question (slightly OT)

Michael Miller mmiller at
Wed Sep 13 00:07:23 GMT 2000

> Message: 8
> Date: Tue, 12 Sep 2000 13:17:58 -0400
> From: Matthew Keller <kellermg at>
> To: Samba NT DOM List <samba-ntdom at>
> Subject: Lame Samba Config Question (slightly OT)
> Somewhere my Samba logic got stupid. What I want to do is make a share
> (actually about 3000 of them) such that when a given user browses to the
> server, they see all of the shares that I have given them access too,
> and NOT all 3000 of them (like what happens with home directories). I
> would think, logically that only the "valid users" would "see" the
> shares, but that's not the truth. I don't care if the "other" shares are
> merely hidden from users, but I hate have 3000 shares listed on a
> server, when a given user only needs access to 5 or 10 of them- At the
> same time setting browseable=no seems to make them ALL invisible, and
> that's no good either.
> Below is the config I'm using for these shares. The permissions are
> controlled at the filesystem level, so i'm not worried about other
> people getting INTO the shares... Any help would be appreciated.
> path = /zippyshare
> valid users = zippy
> writeable = yes
I have the same concern.  Not as many folders to deal with, but...

Anyway, I don't know of any NT option to hide those folders, other than the
share$ way of creating a hidden share.  you could create a login script that
uses the "net use" DOS command to map the folders to drive letters.  then
the shares would be there without your users looking for them.  I haven't
created such shares on a samba box, but it's worth a try.

A sample share might look like:
 path = /zippyshare
 valid users = zippy
 writeable = yes
 browsable = no

the batch file would include:


I eliminate spaces to avoid obvious problems.  appropriate permissions set
on the directory etc...

Let me know if this works.

Michael Miller
System Specialist
Emerging Technologies Studio
Advanced Computing Center for the Arts and Design
The Ohio State University

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