[Samba] Another Samba and Mac OS 10.3 Question

AndyLiebman at aol.com AndyLiebman at aol.com
Wed Jan 14 19:01:52 GMT 2004

I have a different Samba and Mac OS 10.3 question. I have a small network in 
my office with a Linux box acting as a file server, mostly Windows XP clients, 
and a couple of Macs. When I create Samba shares on the Linux box, I have no 
problem getting my Windows XP users to be able to read and write to the 
shares. The login name and password on the XP boxes are the same as the 
corresponding Linux AND Samba usernames and passwords -- and all users are in the same 
common group called "writers"

>From the Mac, however, it's a different story. Mac users can mount the Samba 
shares and gain READ access, but they are UNABLE TO WRITE to the shares. 
Again, the Mac usernames and passwords are the SAME as the corresponding Linux and 
Samba usernames and passwords. 

Is there something that I have to do on the Mac to allow users to write to 
the common shares? 

By the way, I'm using Samba 3.0.0. I'll upgrade to 3.0.1 when there's a 
Mandrake rpm. 

Here's my smb.conf file:

   workgroup = WRITERS
   netbios name = WRITERSPACE
   server string = WRITERSPACE %v 
   map to gues = Bad User
   log file = /var/log/samba3/log.%m
   max log size = 50
   printcap name = cups
   dns proxy = No
   wins support = Yes
   printer admin = @adm
   printing = cups

   comment = Home Directories
   read only = No
   browseable = No 

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    comment = Stories
    path = /home/raid/InProgress
    write list = @staffwriters
    read only = No
    guest ok = Yes
# Option 1 Use the following line to make all new files editable by all users
#   inherit permissions = yes

# Option 2 Use the following two lines to make all new files editable by all 
     create mask = 0775
     directory mask = 0775
# Option 3 Use the following 2 lines to get Mac users to be able to write to 
directory as well as PC Users
#   force user = theboss
#   force group = staffwriters 

I would prefer to use Option 2 or maybe Option 1 but they don't seem to work 
with the Mac. Option 3 does give Mac Users read/write access, but there are 
reasons why I don't want to use it.

Any ideas about getting the Macs to cooperate with Option 2 or 1? 

Thanks in advance

Andy Liebman

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