Samba + Quickbooks file problems

Lee Howard faxguy at
Fri May 26 02:15:07 GMT 2000

I updated samba to samba-2.0.7-4 (RedHat RPM).  That didn't help.
I changed the file ownership to from user.user.  That didn't help.
I changed the file permissions to -rwxrwxr-- as you had suggested, and then
it worked.
(QuickBooks 99 needs *both* the file permissions set as noted *and* the
ownership also.)

However, when everyone closes QuickBooks the QBI file is deleted, and when
the first person opens the QBW up again the QBI file is created,
permissions get set to -rwxrwxr--, and the ownership becomes user.user.
Non 'user' access is denied until the ownership and permissions are changed.

I have found that using the 'admin users = +group' parameter will allow
things to work properly.  Although calling any non-root user root bothers
me slightly, I can't see the harm in it ('force user = +someuser' could be
done instead, but root makes about as much sense as anybody, and "nobody"
would cause security problems with non-samba access). Coupled with the
'force group = +group' parameter, the file permissions and ownerships on
all the files in the share will be identical... which mimicks Windows file
sharing closer, I think (which is done on a per-share basis, rather than on
a per-file one).

Lee Howard

At 09:34 PM 5/21/00 -0400, Tom Diehl wrote:
>Hi Lee,
>I might have a solution for you. I was playing today and I installed 
>samba 2.0.7 with qb99 on 2 winbloze machines. With the unix permissions
>set rwxrwxrwx the file sharing stuff seems to work. If I set the unix
>permissions to rwxrw-r-- It barfs. I do not want full rwx on the quick 
>books stuff as too many people can be nosey that way. I discovered
>that rwxrwxr-- works though. I can see the need for the x on the directory
>but I donot see the need for it on the qb files. For some reason though
>it appears to need the x on the files. Now if I could just get the force
>create mask stuff to work. No matter what I set it to it makes the files
>rwxrw-r--. I need the x for the group permissions.
>Hope this helps and let me know how you make out,
>......Tom			"Do not meddle in the affairs of wizards,
>tdiehl at			 for you are crunchy and good with ketchup."
>	 Unix IS user friendly. It's just selective about who its friends are.

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