[Samba] How does the "guest account" param work?

Kyle kl at attitia.com
Fri Oct 17 06:02:57 GMT 2008

Thanks to all who responded. A combination of mails helped answer most 
questions. I had _completely_ missed the 'map to guest' param. So now I 
can log on to a share as a guest with no passwd.

However, I have to know the share I want to log onto. I am still unable 
to browse the WORKGROUP itself.

Perhaps this is an M$ bias poking through, but from my experiences of 
both Domains _and Workgroups in M$, it is normally possible to browse 
the Domain or Workgroup and see all of the hosts listed in that group. 
Whether or not you can log on to them however, you only find out when 
you try to access the specific share. But you are at least able to make 
a guess/determine which ones based on what you can see. I would've 
expected SAMBA to behave much the same.

Am I wrong in this?

Again, relevant smb.conf now looks like;

        workgroup = HOME
        netbios name = Bottlenose
        server string =
        os level = 95
#       domain master = Yes
        preferred master = Yes
        interfaces = lo, eth1
        bind interfaces only = Yes
        security = user
        passdb backend = tdbsam
        guest account = nobody
        map to guest = Bad User
        encrypt passwords = Yes
        unix password sync = Yes
        passwd program = /usr/bin/userpasswd %u
        passwd chat = *password:* %n\n *password:* %n\n *successfully.*
        restrict anonymous = 2
        log level = 2
        syslog = 0
        log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
        max log size = 50
        time server = Yes
        deadtime = 15
        socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=65536 SO_SNDBUF=65536 
        printcap name = /etc/printcap
        wins support = Yes
        utmp = Yes
        admin users = @admins
        hide unreadable = Yes

        valid users = %S
        read only = No
        browseable = No

        comment = Public Shared
        path = /home/shares/pub
        read only = No
        guest ok = Yes
        writable = yes
        public = yes

Kind Regards


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