[Samba] Directory went missing

John H Terpstra jht at samba.org
Sun Jan 5 05:14:34 GMT 2003

On Sat, 4 Jan 2003, Chris Mason wrote:

> I had a major problem to today. The owner of a company I built a network
> for had a directory in her home directory containing most of her work
> documents go missing. I looked at the log for her workstation and she
> did work on them in the morning. By afternoon, she return to her
> workstation and tried to open the directory but it was gone.
> The directory and all the directories and files were there in the
> morning, I confirmed that. There was no sign in the logs that any other
> user could have deleted them.
> I endewd up restoring from tape, but the owner is freaked over it, and I
> am pretty concerned too.
> The only weird thing I can point to was that she named it "_Rebecca/" so
> that it would be first on the list. She has about 5GB of files in her
> home directory.
> Any one shed any light?

Please email me the smb.conf file off-list to <jht at samba.org>, I'd like to
check your configuration. Meanwhile, it would also help if you could
explain what sort of files this user was using and more particularly, what
MS Windows applications she was using.

Also, are you aware that samba has a recycle bin facility. It has saved by
skin more than once! Contact me off list and I will try to help to
identify what might have gone astray here. If we can identify anything
suspicious our findings must go back to this list.

- John T.

> System:
> Workstation is Win2K - up to date with patches
> Server is Redhat 7.3, 2.4.18-19.7.x kernel
> samba-client-2.2.7-1.7.3
> samba-2.2.7-1.7.3
> samba-common-2.2.7-1.7.3
> Using the server as domain controller for an entirely win2K network of
> ten workstations. System has been running for six months with no
> problems.
> Chris Mason
> masonc at masonc.com
> Box 340, The Valley, Anguilla, British West Indies
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John H Terpstra
Email: jht at samba.org

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