[Samba] Dumb question time

Joel Hammer Joel at HammersHome.com
Mon Dec 16 22:52:01 GMT 2002

A dumb question deserves a dumb answer!  Or several dumb answers.

It the file being deleted from the servers hard drive, or just from the
explorer window?

What user is logged into samba from the client? I would look at the
following variables when the user logs in. You can catch these in a
preexec script in a share: %G %g %U %u %H

I just noticed in my smb.conf I have guest user = root. Makes things easy
but not too secure! Are you changing user id's when they log in? The
variables above will tell you.

If you copy and paste files with explorer, what are the permissions on
the new file?


On Tue, Dec 17, 2002 at 09:03:19AM +1100, David Beards wrote:
> 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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