[Samba] "hide dot files" parameter

Bill Aitken bill.aitken at prostrakan.com
Wed Sep 24 23:58:48 GMT 2008

You need to configure samba to veto the files/folders you don't want 
clients to see.  Add something similar to the following to your smb.conf:

   # Never allow clients to view the following files (even when they 
chose to show hidden files).
   # Do not allow clients to delete folders which have hidden files 
within them.
   veto files = /.Maildir/.*/
   delete veto files = No

I also tend to add the following to my smb.conf:

   # Files that have their Linux permissions set to prevent access 
shouldn't even appear
   hide unreadable = yes


Frank Gruman wrote:
> On Wed, 2008-09-24 at 11:36 +0200, Jean Frontin wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I put "hide dot files = yes" in [homes] section.
>> I don't understand why I always see files beginning with a dot when I 
>> open a session on this server.
> Do you have the option to view hidden files enabled in Windows?? (From
> Windows Explorer > Tools > Folder Options > View tab > near the bottom
> of the first page is the option for "Hidden files and folders").  A dot
> (.) file in Windows is not automatically considered hidden unless the
> Samba option you have set is enabled.  The option I noted here will
> effectively disable that option.
>> Have a good day
> You as well.
> Regards,
> Frank

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