smbd as non-root?

Tim Potter tpot at
Thu Feb 8 22:55:56 GMT 2001

Major A writes:

> I am trying to run smbd as non-root, which the smbd from the standard
> samba code tree does not permit. Is it possible at all to run smbd as
> non-root? (The manpage suggests it is.)

No.  Smbd has to start as root to bind to low numbered ports, and
to keep certain files (like smbpasswd, machine trust account
passwords) secure.


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