[Samba] Another try: apps can't see data files until use of Win. Expl.

Steve Snyder swsnyder at insightbb.com
Sat Nov 20 19:16:22 GMT 2004

On Saturday 20 November 2004 12:16 pm, Holger Krull wrote:
> > These applications are started automatically when the WinXP system is
> > booted.  The Samba-exported network drive is also reconnected
> > automatically at boot time.
> Are they started as services. If so which account do they use? The
> system account is not allowed to access the network.

Well, the programs that start automatically and use the data files on the 
share are not in the Startup folder.  So they're started via the 
registry, but are run on a user-specific basis.  Does this mean that they 
are all neccessarily services?

> > After the WinXP system is completely booted these data files are
> > still not seen by their respective application.  When I open Windows
> > Explorer, I see that the share is present.  It is only after I
> > browser that share
> How do the apps access the files? Drive letter or UNC name? If by drive
> letter, someone has to mount it.

By drive letter.  I have WinXP automatically reconnect the share to N: on 
user login.  The applications, which, as noted above, are users-specific, 
then attempt to access data in subdirectories beneath N:\CommonData\.

Here's a more specific sequence of events.  User nancy logs-in to WinXP, 
and the share is reconnected to N: automatically.  nancy also has Mozilla 
running as a service (Quick Start), and that is also started at login.  
Mozilla expects to find its bookmark file as 
N:\CommonData\Mozilla\bookmarks.html.  After the WinXP login is complete 
(no hourglass cursor) nancy opens Mozilla to find that none of her 
bookmarks are present, yet shared drive N: is shown in Windows Explorer 
and no complaints about failure to connect the share are seen.  After 
browing N:\CommonData with Windows Explorer the bookmarks are available 
in Mozilla.

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