[Samba] Samba and Symbolic links (Related to PAM_MOUNT )

Ryan McConigley ryan at csse.uwa.edu.au
Tue Jun 24 10:03:25 GMT 2003

	Hi all,

	I am using the pam_mount module to automount a home directory via 
smb.  Works great for some logins.  I can ssh in, it mounts the file system 
automatically, I get access to the files, read and write and everything is 

	However, when I try to log in at the console via KDE, I get various errors 
asking me to check if various services are running and eventually the login 

	It took me a while to discover that the reason it was failing was that the 
system was trying create a symbolic link on the smb mounted file system and 

	On the server, I'm enabled the unix extensions, (unix extensions = yes), 
but it appears the client doesn't recognise this.  (Client and server are 
both running Redhat Linux 7.3)

	I'm using the most recent default versions of smbmount from the RPM 
(Version 2.2.7-security-rollup-fix), however I suspect that I may have to 
compile things up, but I can't find anything definate.

	Do I need a different version of smbmount; a special compile of smbmount 
or something completely different?


	Incidently, in case it helps those having trouble with pam_mount, my 
/etc/pam.d/sshd file looks like -->
auth       required     /lib/security/pam_stack.so service=system-auth
auth       required     /lib/security/pam_nologin.so
auth       optional     /usr/lib/security/pam_mount.so user_first_pass
account    required     /lib/security/pam_stack.so service=system-auth
password   required     /lib/security/pam_stack.so service=system-auth
session    required     /lib/security/pam_stack.so service=system-auth
session    required     /lib/security/pam_limits.so
session    optional     /lib/security/pam_console.so
session    optional     /usr/lib/security/pam_mount.so

	And then in /etc/security/pam_mount.conf I've got the line -->
volume * smb SERVER & /home/& uid=& - -

	"*" and "&" get translated to the username when they log in and "SERVER" 
is the name of my smb server which is configured to share out user's home 
drives.  Everything else in pam_mount.conf I left at the defaults.

	Like I said, works fine for ssh.  Still trying to get the kde/graphical 
login bugs ironed out.


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