[Samba] A simple stand-alone scenario but "public" share doesn´t work

Rolf Deenen rdeenen at home.nl
Sun Dec 30 22:15:36 GMT 2007

Dearest list,

Thank you very much for all the helpfull suggestions and tips. As some  
of you pointed out that the config in itself seemed ok, i checked my  
assumptions once more. There i  did a dreadfull discovery. It seems  
both ingrid and rolf weren't members of the group users. I thought i'd  
explicitly made them a member and i thought i had tested it but  
appearently i didn't. No wonder it didn't work...

Please forgive me,
Rolf Deenen

PS. I'll be off line the following days, lashing myself  ;-)

Quoting Rolf Deenen <rdeenen at home.nl>:

> Dear list,
> For a simple home-network i recently installed Debian Etch on an extra
> machine to act as server. It stores my mail, it acts as
> webserver, firewall, dns-, dhcp- and database-server. All of these
> services are running like a charm. The only thing left is
> to get samba running. Well, it is running, but to get it running how i
> want it to is a different matter i suppose, for i am
> quite stuck here.
> First, let me explain what i want. On my network there are two users,
> "rolf" and "ingrid". I want both these users to have a
> personal share on the server as well as a shared directory. Samba
> version 3.0.24 is installed on the computer for this. I´ve
> added these two statements in my /etc/samba/smb.conf :
> [homes]
>    comment = Home Directories
>    browseable = no
>    path=/home/%U/Documents
>    writable = yes
>    create mask = 0700
>    directory mask = 0700
> [shared]
>    comment = Shared Directories
>    browseable = no
>    path=/home/samba/Documents
>    writable = yes
>    create mask = 0770
>    directory mask = 0770
>    browseable = yes
> I added both users to the smb password database using the smbpasswd
> command. After booting my windows XP laptop and logging
> into the machine (local logon) with the same username-password
> combination as i am known on the server i can see the contents
> of \\Myservername. I see a share "rolf" and a share "shared". I can
> access the share "rolf" without a problem, and create and
> delete content on it. However, i  cannot get into the "shared" share
> getting "access denied". The only way to get to the
> share is by doing a "chmod 777" on /home/samba . I dislike this idea
> very much. The filesystem-rights on this directory on
> the server are as follows:
> drwxrwx---  3 root       users      4096 2007-12-27 22:43 /home/samba
> As such all groupmembers of the group "users" can access the
> directory. They can however not access the "share", even though
> they are members of the correct group.
> While searching for information about this i am drowning in
> information about things like authentication, group membership
> and uid-to-sid-mapping. So much that i am losing overview. I therefore
> have the following questions (to begin with :-) )
> 1. Should the above setup work and give the users "rolf" and "ingrid"
> to the "shared" share?
> 2. Is there anybody else, using the same configuration who is willing
> to explain how he/she did this?
> 3. Is there any documentation about setting the described scenario up?
> Like i said, I've searched all over the web, but i found it hard to
> find relative information. Some documentation i found
> seem to suggest that the setup I've described here should simply work.
> Other documentation describe setting up a similar
> environment, but want to make the server a domain controller,  and the
> samba howto gives so much information that a can not
> determine what part of this information is relevant.
> Thanks in advance,
> Rolf Deenen
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