[Samba] Usernames with dots

daniel.jarboe at custserv.com daniel.jarboe at custserv.com
Tue Jan 7 19:40:01 GMT 2003

> From: Chris Palmer [mailto:chris.palmer at geneed.com] 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 07, 2003 2:12 PM
> To: samba at lists.samba.org
> Subject: [Samba] Usernames with dots
> Now that I have winbind working, life is good. However, I've 
> hit upon a real kick in the pants.
> As you can see from my email address, we have a convention here of
> usernames being firstname.lastname. So, when I go to change the owner
> ship of a file:
>     $ chown chris.palmer myfile
> Linux thinks I mean user chris, group palmer, and says "invalid group"
> (there is no palmer group, obviously).

Try 'chown chris.palmer: myfile' ... with the trailing ":", chown does
not get fooled by the . in your username, and if no group follows then
your default login group is used, and it will correctly use chris.palmer
in its entirety for your username.

Is that enough to solve your problem?

~ Daniel

> Now, I could just use the numeric UID in place of the textual 
> username,
> but using wbinfo I can't find out what winbind has set my UID to:
>     # wbinfo -r chris.palmer
>     Could not get groups for user chris.palmer
>     # wbinfo -r MacUser
>     Could not get groups for user MacUser
> "wbinfo -u" and "wbinfo -g" do work, giving me a list of users and
> groups. Also, I can discover my UID with getent:
>     # getent passwd | grep chris
>     #  GENEEDINC+chris.palmer:x:10010:10000:Chris 
> Palmer:/home/chris.palmer:/bin/bash
> And yes, "chown 10010 somefile" works.
> So, two questions: Is there some way I can use text user/group names
> instead of UIDs/GIDs; and, is something wrong with my system, 
> indicated
> by the bad output of "wbinfo -r"?
> Thanks,
> -- 
> Chris Palmer   Systems Programmer   GeneEd
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