[Samba] Can't connect to smb share that's a mounted file system

Craig White craigwhite at azapple.com
Sat Nov 12 23:42:02 GMT 2005

On Sat, 2005-11-12 at 17:33 -0600, Mike Hanby wrote:
> Howdy y'all, I have a new partition, /dev/hdc1 that's ext3 formatted.
> # mkfs.ext3 -L /backup /dev/hdc1
> Then added it to /etc/fstab
> LABEL=/backup           /backup                 ext3    defaults        1 2
> As you can see I'm mounting the file system into directory /backup
> My smb.conf file has the following settings:
> security = share
> [netfiles]
>    comment = Network file storage space
>    path = /backup
>    read only = no
>    public = yes
> Now, before mounting /dev/hdc1, I can connect to the share from my XP system
> using:  \\smbmachine\netfiles
> Then, I mount the file system to /backup:  mount /dev/hdc1   and try to
> connect:  \\smbmachine\netfiles
> This time XP either prompts me for a GUEST password, or I get an error
> "\\smbmachine\netfiles is not accessible."
> Here's the permissions:
> /backup directory before mounting /dev/hdc1 into it:
> drwxr-xr-x  2 root root 4096 Nov 12 17:27 /backup
> Now, I mount /dev/hdc1 to /backup and here's the permissions
> drwxr-xr-x  3 root root 4096 Nov 12 17:31 /backup
> Any idea why I can browse into the netfiles share from my XP machine when
> /backup is just a directory, but not after mounting /dev/hdc1 to it?
> Thanks for any help, Mike
check the [netfiles] 'path' property

\path is Windows pathing
/path is UNIX/Linux pathing

samba is reading a UNIX/Linux path and so it is wrong...

try 'testparm -s -v |less' to check for errors.


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