[Samba] pam_mkhomedir.so problem

Adrian Saileanu adrian.saileanu at gmail.com
Sat Dec 31 11:14:44 GMT 2005

Hello Samba People,

I'm doing some tests with samba on a debian Sarge in order to implement a
file server
with the recycle bin module, so my smb.conf loks like this :

  workgroup = HOME

  server string = %h server (Samba %v)
  preferred master = no

  realm = home.local
  security = ADS

  encrypt passwords = true
  password server =

  socket options = TCP_NODELAY

# winbindd configuration
  winbind separator = _
  idmap uid = 10000-20000
  idmap gid = 10000-20000
  winbind enum users = yes
  winbind enum groups = yes
  template homedir = /home/%U
  template shell = /bin/false

  dns proxy = no
  log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m.%U
  log level = 2 vfs: 3
  max log size = 2048
  syslog = 0
  panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d

  comment = Home Directories
  browseable = no
  writable = yes
  create mask = 0700
  directory mask = 0700

  path = /home/share
  comment = Share Directories
  browseable = yes
  writable = yes
  create mask = 0777
  directory mask = 0777
  vfs objects = extd_audit recycle
    recycle:exclude = *.tmp,*.temp
    recycle:keeptree = yes
    recycle:repository = /home/recycle/%U
    recycle:touch = yes
    recycle:versions = yes

I edited /etc/pam.d/samba, which now looks like :

account    required    pam_unix.so
password sufficient   pam_winbind.so use_authtok
auth         required    pam_unix.so nullok_secure
session    required    pam_mkhomedir.so skel=/etc/skel/ umask=0077
@include common-auth
@include common-account
@include common-session

Everything works super except the "pam_mkhomedir.so" module, which does not
create the /home/%USERNAME% folder automaticaly ...
In the log samba sais that /home/X does not exist ... and this folder is not
created ...
If I create it manualy and give appropiate rights, it works as it shood ...

Where is the problem ?

All parts should go together without forcing. "You must remember that the
parts you are reassembling were disassembled by you. Therefore, if you can't
get them together again, there must be a reason. By all means, do not use a
hammer." -- IBM maintenance manual, 1975

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