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Tue Dec 2 03:01:20 GMT 2003

An inverted synonym is "read only".

If this parameter is "no", then users of a service may not create or modify
files in the service's directory.

Note that a printable service ("printable = yes") will *ALWAYS* allow
writing to the directory (user privileges permitting), but only via spooling

Default: writeable = no


 	read only = no
 	writeable = yes
 	write ok = yes

writeable=no is the same as read only=yes

End result:

  write list=@staff
  Only users in the staff group can write

If this is not correct, please pount out the error of my logic.


-----Original Message-----
From: root at
[mailto:root at]On Behalf Of Steve Sandau
Sent: August 16, 2000 9:51 AM
To: Ron Alexander
Cc: Samba-Technical
Subject: Re: Possible error in example smb.conf

Doesn't the 'write list' parameter mean that it's writeable for members
of the group 'staff,' but not writeable (read-only) for anyone else? I
hope so, because I have used that structure for shares on a new file
server I have set up...

Ron Alexander wrote:
> I believe there is an error in the example below. The comments say 'read
> only' but the 'writable = yes' would appear to be contrary.
> If I am wrong, can someone point out the error of my ways.
> If I am correct, could someone who knows how to submit a correction do so,
> or tell me how to do it, or how to learn to do it. I am not a Unix person,
> so I don't understand or don't have access to the tools mentioned in the
> instructions I have read.
> This is from the packaging/RedHat dir.
> # A publicly accessible directory, but read only, except for people in
> # the "staff" group
> ;[public]
> ;   comment = Public Stuff
> ;   path = /home/samba
> ;   public = yes
> ;   writable = yes
> ;   printable = no
> ;   write list = @staff
> Ron

Steve Sandau, IS Technician
TMA Bath, Maine
ssandau at

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