/etc/passwd and smbpasswd

Christopher Tresco ctresco at economics.mit.edu
Tue Apr 17 01:38:17 GMT 2001

I am using the smb-HEAD release.

Thanks for the input, that is exactly what I needed to hear.  I am using RH
7.0 that does support nss_ldap.

Thanks a ton,

----- Original Message -----
From: "Adam Tauno Williams" <awilliam at whitemice.org>
To: <samba-ntdom at lists.samba.org>
Sent: Monday, April 16, 2001 7:23 PM
Subject: Re: /etc/passwd and smbpasswd

> >Is it necessary to have all users in the /etc/passwd file for them to be
> >able to use samba or do you just need them to be there in order to use
> >smbpasswd utility?
> >Basically, I am trying to get everything done via ldap and I don't want a
> >bunch of users in /etc/passwd.  I am working through the howto for smb
> >ldap and it seems awfully redundant to have users in both places.  What
> >would the point of having an ldap db full of samba users when they are
> >listed in /etc/passwd.  May as well just use an smbpasswd file.....
> You do NOT need users listed in /etc/passwd,  they simply have to be
"resolvable".  If you setup nss_ldap then Samba will work fine (with users
in smbpasswd and LDAP, not passwd).  Of course I'm assuming you are on a
platform that supports NSS.  See /etc/nsswitch.conf.  Samba 2.2.0 does not
support LDAP.

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