Encrypted passwords (was :Re: (no subject))

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at pcug.org.au
Tue Mar 6 10:44:41 GMT 2001

Carl Fox wrote:
> Would you please tell me where to get help.  I'm not the ordinary
> person who will ask for it and bother you just because it isn't
> convenient to learn from your docs.
> I CANNOT use Samba because it fails to let me into my Linux
> server which is running it from my Windows98 network neighborhood
> icon.  It keeps requiring a password.
> I keep doing what all the docs say to change the password.  I am
> root on the Linux machine, but Samba refuses IN EVERY CASE to
> allow me to add or chnge passwords.  I can run smbclient -L
> localhost with no problem.  I enter the asked for password with
> no problem
> Would you PLEASE tell me where to get help. And I mean immediate
> where I can pay for an answer over the phone.
> I can't tell you how pissed off I am!!!
> Carl Fox
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Firstly, a '(no subject)' e-mail will often be compleatly ignored - I
only read this e-mail after reading its reply (which did have a

The paramater you are after is 'encrypted passwords = yes'.  This allows
samba to accept and advertise encrypted passwords, as required by Win95
OSR2 and above.  Alternatly you can apply the registry patches to your
Win98 client to make it send plain text passwords.  To add accounts to
smbpasswd (needed for MS Clients, used by encrypt passwords = yes) run
'smbpasswd -a {user}' it will ask for a password.  You may need to
create a blank smbpasswd file first (touch /etc/smbpasswd).

Finally, In future provide exact copies of all relevent error messages
and log file entires, as otherwise people can only take stabs in the

Hope this helps,
Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett
abartlet at pcug.org.au

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