[Samba] client side permisions of a samba directory

Michael Heironimus mkh01 at earthlink.net
Thu May 29 22:49:38 GMT 2003

On Thu, May 29, 2003 at 09:25:38AM -0700, Steve deRosier wrote:
> I've recently noticed that when I have a directory remotely mounted via 
> samba to my linux desktop, the mode bits of directories and files in it 
> don't necessarily resemble those of the actual files on the server. 
> Neither does a chmod seem to have any effect.
> I noticed that smbmount has a fmask and a dmask argument and these 
> arguments control what I view the mode as.  Leaving out these arguments 
> just gets me a different mask.
> Question:  How can I get my mounted directory to simply behave just like 
> any other directory?  I just want to be able to view and modify the REAL 
> mode bits from my konsole.

Answer: don't use smbfs. You can't see or change the permissions on
smbfs-mounted filesystems. If you need to be able to change permissions
you should use some UNIX-native filesystem, like NFS.

I think I've heard that the upcoming Linux replacement for smbfs (cifs)
and the "unix extensions" in current versions of Samba will work much
better for UNIX-UNIX mounts, but I haven't looked in to that.

Michael Heironimus

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