"force group" with no effect on BSD

Jiri Lazansky lazan at labe.felk.cvut.cz
Thu Apr 12 16:59:32 GMT 2001

I am setting-up a small server with samba-2.0.7 on FreeBSD-4.2-RELEASE 
to be used by Win98, WinNT4.0 and Win2k clients. I have met the following 

The 'global' section is
        client code page = 852
        workgroup = MYGROUP
        server string = Samba Server %v
        password level = 0
        log file = /var/log/log.%m
        max log size = 1000
        name resolve order = lmhosts bcast host
        os level = 65
        preferred master = Yes
        domain master = Yes
        wins support = Yes
        update encrypted = Yes
        fstype = Samba
        admin users = root
        debug level = 4
        debug timestamp = Yes
        debug pid = Yes
        debug uid = Yes

I have a share "PC-tmp" described as
        path = /usr/pc.tmp
        force user = %U
        force group = nobody
        writeable = Yes
        create mask = 0664
        force directory mode = 775
        dos filetimes = Yes

UNIX 'ls -la' command in /usr/pc.tmp says:

drwxrwxrwx   4 root   wheel   512 Apr 12 18:21 ./
drwxr-xr-x  19 root   wheel   512 Feb 22 18:07 ../

My clients can access this share without any problems, the log file 
seems good, showing "effective(1000, 65534)" for the connected user - 
gid 65534=nobody. However, any object created on this share has proper
user ownership but the group owner is always "wheel" 

Is this a bug or some problem with the configuration (or perhaps with
the FreeBSD port)? Any ideas?

Thanks for any help!

Jiri Lazansky
Czech Technical University Prague
Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Department of Cybernetics
< lazan at labe.felk.cvut.cz >

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