[Samba] [Nearly Resolved] Samba-3 by Example, Ex 2.4

Eric Hines eehines at comcast.net
Sat May 7 22:17:21 GMT 2005

OK, I've got this one working, but only by enumerating the valid users in 
the "files" share--%S wouldn't work in the valid users field (e.g., 
"smbclient //<servername>/files" would simply give an 
NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED error).  This would be OK for a small LAN, but for 
small enterprises or LANs with 75-100 users, as some on this list have 
mentioned, that becomes cumbersome (would the field even hold 75 names?).

So now my question is this, since it appears I still don't have my users 
entirely correctly configured: %S, per the smb.conf man page, is the 
service name (files in my case) and not the user name--but the man page 
goes on to say that the %S macro attempts to deduce the user name from the 
service name. How does the macro attempt to do this?  Failing that, are 
there any ideas about what I'm still doing wrong in configuring my 
users?  The relevant parts of my smb.conf file follow.

Thanks for your help.

Eric Hines

         comment = Master work area
         path = /archive
         valid users = mfwic
         read only = No

         comment = The actual backups
         path = /archive/%U
         valid users = annlee, ehines
         read only = No

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