Patch for unix extensions

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at
Tue Dec 31 10:14:01 GMT 2002

On Tue, 2002-12-31 at 20:36, Simo Sorce wrote:
> On Tue, 2002-12-31 at 03:29, jra at wrote:
> > Sorry, I have some problems with this patch. It allows a
> > client to add a symlink to a Samba share which points to
> > a file elsewhere on the server disk. For example :
> > 
> > create a symlink from /home/myhome/p -> /etc/passwd.
> > 
> > Now as Samba resolves names on the *server* not the client,
> > anyone opening /home/myhome/p using smbclient or a Windows
> > client will get /etc/passwd. This (IMHO) is not desirable.
> Jeremy,
> in case of unix extensions, shouldn't we pass the symlink as is and not
> resolve it?
> We may have a parameter that when set permit link creations and also
> returns link as is instead of resolving them.
> I think a proper unix-like file system should be able to return links.

I was wondering if/how the 'wide links' parameter could/should play with
this.  CIFS might not be the best unix->unix file system, but a lot of
people much prefer this over NFS...

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                 abartlet at
Manager, Authentication Subsystems, Samba Team  abartlet at
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College   abartlet at
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