Samba on Linux with no ACL's is making things tough

Jeremy Allison jeremy at
Wed Apr 5 17:46:48 GMT 2000

Paul Rogers wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Jeremy Allison [mailto:jeremy at]
> >
> > A mapping *may* be done for one of
> > the experimental Linux ACL implementations (the one
> > at is probably the one we'll
> > use) but this code is not currently in any stable or
> > developement kernel so it will definately be a configure
> > option on Linux.
> So, are you saying that with Linux, you might and might not implement ACLs
> for Linux? If you don't, I think there will be a number of people dropping
> Samba servers on Linux boxes in favour of NT - a great shame. I for one have
> been hoping this would be implemented for a long time.

Well we can only implement ACLs for Samba on systems that
have them in the underlying filesystem.

If Linux *doesn't*, then it isn't the fault of Samba !

You could of course still use Samba on UNIXs that *do*
have ACLs, such as IRIX, Solaris, HPUX, AIX etc.

Or you could integrate the ACL patch that has not yet
been integrated into the mainline kernel - found as
mentioned above at :

We cannot single-handedly fix the ACL problem in the
Linux kernel, it takes enough time maintaining an SMB
server as it is :-). I'm CC:ing Ted Tso on this reply,
in the hope he can give us an "official" response as to
the status of ACL support in the Linux kernel.


	Jeremy Allison,
	Samba Team.

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