REPEAT: hasn't anyone used smbclient linux->linux?

Paul L. Lussier plussier at
Wed Oct 20 20:45:33 GMT 1999

In a message dated: Wed, 20 Oct 1999 17:40:49 -0200
Andreas Hasenack said:

>NFS's authentication is weak (it's host based). With Samba you get also user
>authentication. With pam_smb you could even replace N[IY]S[+] for the user
>auth part.

True, but the basic Unix permissions are user *and* group based.  Proper 
configuration of these, combined with the host based auth make NFS a better 
choice IMO than SMB.  In addition, with NFS and netgroups, you can restrict a 
user access to anything based on both the username *and* the host combined, 
which smb can't do.

If you really need more complete auth under Unix, why not check out one of the 
various ACL packages rather than slowing your environment down by relying upon

Oh, BTW, to answer the original question, I have used smbclient from a Linux 
system to access another samba server running on another Linux system, but 
strictly out of curiousity to see if it worked.  It did, and there was nothing 
magical to be done that I recall.


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