[Samba] Why would nsswitch.conf be needed at all ?

Frederic Olivie alf at club.fr
Thu Jan 20 15:10:47 GMT 2005


I have setup a samba server as a domain member to share print queues.

As I'm doing print quotas, I need the users to be authenticated properly.

The setup works except that it appears that I need to add winbind to my nsswitch.conf.

This is kind of upsetting as I don't see a reason why I have to share windows users' namespace with my linux users base (mainly root and system users btw).

As far as samba is concerned, it creates uid/gid mappings on the fly. Why would it absolutely need the system to be able to resolve username/uids ?

Maybe I missed something ?

Thanks for your insights.

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