[Samba] Samba users without local unix users

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Mon Mar 22 12:52:40 GMT 2004

On Mon, 2004-03-22 at 05:02, Felipe S. Elich wrote:
> Hello to all:
> First of all, sorry about my poor english. I am spanish :)
> I have a debian machine running as a samba file server. The important part
> of smb.conf is here:
>    security = share
>    encrypt passwords = true
>    passdb backend = smbpasswd:/etc/samba/smbpasswd
>    obey pam restrictions = yes
>    invalid users = root
>    passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
>    passwd chat = Enter\snew\sUNIX\spassword: %n\n
> Retype\snew\sUNIX\spassword: %
> n\n .
> I want to create samba users without local unix account. I've tried the
> following:
> smbpasswd -a newuser
> This command fails if newuser doesn't exist in local machine
> (in /etc/passwd). If the user exist, the smbpasswd -a command runs well.
> How can i create samba users without create local unix users?
You can't. You can have unix users without a valid shell however.

The closest thing to what you are asking is to map users (mapping
smbusers to say 1 or more unix users) but that is entirely a manual


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