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

Andrew Bartlett abartlet at samba.org
Tue Jun 24 11:05:51 GMT 2003

On Tue, 2003-06-24 at 20:03, Ryan McConigley wrote:
> 	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 
> good.
> 	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 
> fails.
> 	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 
> failing.
> 	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)

Samba (and CIFS) is not a really good choice for unix->unix
file-sharing.  As you have noted, not all the semantics are preserved

Things might be better with the 'CIFS VFS', a replacement for smbfs in
the 2.5 kernel (and available on samba.org for 2.4).

> 	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?

If you can use something different - things like 'SFS' www.fs.net or
even NFS, you might have less trouble - but I've not ventured beyond NFS

Andrew Bartlett

Andrew Bartlett                                 abartlet at pcug.org.au
Manager, Authentication Subsystems, Samba Team  abartlet at samba.org
Student Network Administrator, Hawker College   abartlet at hawkerc.net
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