Linux Samba Client access to Samba Share

Christian Barth barth at
Thu Oct 18 10:16:03 GMT 2001

> I am sure this is a frequently asked question, but if so I couldn't find a
> simple answer to this anywhere. How do you give both Windows and Linux
> clients the same read/write permissions to a Samba share?
> I have set up a shared folder, to which all Windows clients on my network
> have read/write access. From Windows 98 or Windows 2000, you can read,
> write, delete, make new folders, etc. etc. It makes no difference under what
> name the person logs in; if you are sitting in front of one of these
> computers, you have full access to the share on the Samba server from
> Windows. 
> However, if I try to access the same share from a linux client (i.e., klisa
> in KDE) on the same network, I only have read access.
I don't know klisa but it will use smbclient or smbmount and because 
of this the principle must be the same:
If a connection to a samba server is made, it is made as a certain 
user and you the client has the rights this user can get. Use 
smbstatus on the server to see if the connecting user is the same in 
both cases.
Further more smbmount (and smbfs) have to use this "singel user 
connection" to the samba server and provide a multi user file system 
on the client. For this smbmout has a couple of options: umaks, user, 

I am pretty sure that you have to look at your client setup to fix 
your problem, not at the samba server.

Are there any reasons for you not to use NFS between Linux and your 
samba server? 


> I have read through the man page for smb.conf, and there seem to be many,
> many options with respect to setting permissions for access, forcing
> user/groups, etc. I have tried many of them in various combinations, but
> just can't seem to find the right combination of options to give write
> access when coming from Linux.
> I just want linux clients to have the same rights as windows clients, i.e.,
> to allow read/write access to the Samba share. I would have thought this
> would be simple, but I can't figure it out. Any suggestions?
> The Samba server is running 2.0.10 on a RH 7.1 box. The linux clients are
> running Debian/GNU Linux Woody (v. 3.0) and Samba 2.2.1.
> Thanks, 
> Bruce
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