providing a samba share without a sign on ?

Jan Vicherek honza at
Tue Dec 21 19:23:18 GMT 1999


 I'm trying to provide a share which is completely readable and writable
by anyone and everyone without having to authenticate in any way.

 I've tried several combinations, but still no luck. NT always comes up
with "incorrect password or unknown username for \\linuxsamba\publicspace\"

 It works fine if I use a real username that I fix up in /etc/smbpasswd.
But if I want just anyone to use it, they get the above error message.

 How do I tell samba *not* to ask for any credentials for that share, and
just give anyone full control ?



 here is my last attempt for a setup :
   workgroup = Y2000
   server string = Linux1 Server
   hosts allow = 192.168.0. 192.168.4. 127.
   printcap name = /etc/printcap
   load printers = yes
   log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
   max log size = 50
   security = user
  encrypt passwords = yes
  smb passwd file = /etc/smbpasswd
   socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
 name resolve order = wins lmhosts bcast
   wins server =
   dns proxy = no
   comment = publicly writable to everyone
   path = /tmp/public
   read only = no
   public = yes
   guest only = yes
   guest ok = yes

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