[Samba] Re: symbolic link problem
jeremy at sundayta.com
Wed Jun 29 14:20:51 GMT 2005
Tobias Bluhm <tobias.bluhm <at> philips.com> writes:
> Jeremy wrote on 06/29/2005 05:38:11 AM:
> > Hi All,
> > I'm having some annoying problems with symbolic links. I'm not
> > certain they relate to samba but hopefully sone here can help
> > anyway.
> > I have a linux ( Mandrake 10.1 ) machine sharing various
> > ( samba 3.0.7 ) with a network of linux ( also MDK 10.1 ) and
> > machines.
> > Within the shared directories are a number of symbolic links to
> > files both inside and outside the shared directory ( follow
> > and wide links are both set to yes )
> > accessing these directories from a windows client all is wellbut,
> > I try to access them from Linux, the symbolic links do not work.
> > After an hour or two of confusion I realised that it is looking
> for the
> > linked directory on the client machine rather than the server.
> > So for example ,on the client, when in directory
> > there is a symlink to a directory on server1 ( ln -s /home/fred
> fred ).
> > if I do 'cd fred' it fails because /home/fred does not exist on
> > client.
> You've described your problem right there - linux clients have no access
> to server:/home. If client:/home is empty and not used for local client
> storage and you deem server:/home is okay for everyone to access on the
> clients, nfs mount server:/home on client:/home.
> What I've found to be easy on the users is to map the smb share to drive
> X:, then make an automount point /X on the linux boxes that mounts the
> same stuff. This way, "X" represents the same data to windows & linux
> users. Soft links & automount maps fill in any complicated directory
> toby bluhm
> philips medical systems, cleveland ohio
> tobias.bluhm <at> philips.com
Maybe I confused the issue by not specifying the real paths.
The symbolic links I am using are not actually to anything under
/home, most are to external scsi disks under /mnt
I need these external disks to be visible from a number of
As for setting up nfs in the way described I was wondering
whether something like that was required. The only strange
thing is that symlinks on an old debian server we have here
work exactly as I want them too, but I can't seem to find out
what it is that makes them work ( NFS does not seem to be
set up on the debian ).
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