[Samba] Connecting Suse9.2 to Samba shares in a windows network

Michael Kelly mkelly at victoria.komex.com
Thu Nov 18 18:41:23 GMT 2004

Thank you for your reply Michael, 
I will look further into the generalization of my current script. When I
was writing it I was looking at it only for one specific user, and then
once working correctly, hopefully moving it to a more general approach
that used the system to determine the actual user logging in. I will
also check into running it from .profile as well since the more I can
automate the setup of new users the better. 
I am glad to see that I may have been on the right track with my script.

Thanks again for the ideas 
Michael Kelly 
>>>Michael Wray <mwray at aimconnect.com> 11/18 9:10 am >>> 
It seems to me the only more elegant solution would be to make a a mount

script that runs from .profile instead.  (This way it can be copied to
home directory at user setup.) 
you could write a script to do the mounting that used things like the
of whoami and the contents of $HOME to determine username and HOME 
directories for the mount points, and share names. 
combining it with smbpasswd as an authmethod, the server hosting the My 
Documents directory could then see when someone was logged in and pre
the mount.  Or you could have it done as a login script on the samba 
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[mailto:samba-bounces+mwray=s4f.com at lists.samba.org]On Behalf Of Michael

Sent: Thursday, November 18, 2004 11:43 AM 
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Subject: [Samba] Connecting Suse9.2 to Samba shares in a windows network

Hi All, 
Our office is running somes tests by introducing a couple of Linux 
workstations into the mix to see how they fair. I am however having some

issues connecting these workstations to the shares offered by our Samba 
3.02 server. 
I know that this is not really a samba issue, but I thought I might be 
able to get some help here to rectify my problems. I apologize if this 
is too far off topic for this list. 
Here is the setup: 
It is a basic workgroup network, no domain, with no PDC or anything of 
that sort. Authentication for the shares is done simply by having a 
macthing username/password on a win2000Pro workstation. The majority of 
shares on the server have the SUID and SGID set to a certain user for 
simplicity and to resolve the Microsoft Office file locking issues. 
However, each user's My Documents directory is a server share that is 
accessed automatically by way of the username used on the workstation. I

have left out a few details, but they are unimportant. 
I do not want the users to have to mount any drives themselves on the 
Linux workstations so I would like them to be mounted automatically when

the user logs in, not at boot time, but login time as these Linux 
workstations will be multiuser so will need to mount different My 
Documents directories. 
I have put the share definitions into fstab, but that will not do the My

Documents correctly. I have also tried using autofs which works well for

the regular shares, but again does not work for My Documents. I have 
found info on doing something similar with an NFS filesystem but nothing

pertaining to smbfs and what I am trying to do with the My Documents 
I am currently mounting them via a script that is called from .bashrc. 
This works, but it just does not seem very elegant and I know that it 
can be done better in Linux, I am just not sure how. 
I would like these tests to pass with flying colors to show the higher 
ups that Linux will work as a workstation, but having to write a custom 
script for each user to be able to mount the Samba shares will not help 
my case. 
As I said before, I need everything to happen at automatically as any 
people that will be working with these Linux workstations are not 
computer savy. 
Thanks for any ideas 
Michael Kelly 
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