[Samba] Dumb question time

David Beards d.beards at cfa.vic.gov.au
Mon Dec 16 22:05:00 GMT 2002

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the dumb question but I'm obviously missing something. One of 
our users found an odd behavior with SAMBA which I can't explain, but 
believe it to be related to the SAMBA/Unix permission mapping. Here's 
what happens:

A file existing on a SAMBA share with unix permissions 755

e.g. -rw-r--r--   1 root     other          0 Dec 17 08:51 test.txt

can be opened in any Windows application and the security acts as 
expected. i.e. any user other than root can open the file but if they 
try and save it they are prohibited and must save it as a new file. 
However if a user browses using Explorer they have the ability to delete 
the file from within explorer. (The only exception is if no user has 
write permissions to the file.)

Can anyone help explain this behavior? (BTW, I searched the archives and 
couldn't find anything that appeared to relate to this problem.)
David Beards
Technical Manager Networks and Systems

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