Subject: Samba and VFAT
fv at episupport.com
Tue Mar 10 07:16:48 GMT 1998
On 10 Mar 98 at 16:43, Henri J. Schlereth wrote about
"Subject: Samba and VFAT":
} I am relatively new to the Unix world and have a hopefully simple
} question. I have a dual-boot Win95/Redhat system and would like to
} have the vfat mounted shares accessible under SAMBA as well.
} The default setting for vfat is r-x for group. Chmod, chown, chgrp refuse
} to alter this even as root. (Permission denied)
Right, there are no such permission bits to alter on a VFAT file
system. The permissions for group and world have to be specified for
the entire file system at mount time, since the driver is just faking
} As root I can r/w to these #$%^ shares w/o any difficulty.
} Vfat does not seem to like it when I change these things in fstab
It should be fine to specify VFAT specific mount options in fstab.
} I have hunted for any references in this matter thru your digest and came up
} blank till my eyes burned.
This has nothing to do with Samba. You need the umask= mount option,
and perhaps the uid= and gid= options. These are documented in "man
mount" under fat specific mount options.
} So remote mounting of Windows shares is done but what about internally?
} Doing an smbmount seems to be clumsy when not connecting to a
} external machine. How does smbfs compare to vfat, would I lose anything
} as far as Win95 goes?
smbfs is like nfs, it is *only* for mounting a file system exported
from a remote machine via the SMB protocol. It has nothing to do with
accessing partitions (in any format!) on a local disk.
- Fred Viles (mailto:fv at episupport.com)
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