[Samba] samba credentials file - hit and miss?

Aldo Foot lunixer at gmail.com
Tue Nov 10 15:21:14 MST 2009

On Mon, Nov 9, 2009 at 4:48 PM, Aldo Foot <lunixer at gmail.com> wrote:
> Greetings,
> I'm using a CentOS 5.4 Virtual Machine and Samba 3.0.33-3.15.el5_4 to access a
> file share from a Windows XP host. I also tried the same using a
> Fedora 10 VM with
> the same negative results. Please read on.
> I've browsed the web and read the mount.cifs man page. And the conclusion
> is the same: you connect to a share using a username and password and you're
> good to to. Or, create a credentials file with a username and password
> and you're good to go. Very straightforward. But the credentials file
> does not work for me... but others claim it works for them.
> For me, using the username and password at the CLI works fine though.
> I used these threads as examples and I have done pretty much the same.
>   http://lists.samba.org/archive/samba/2004-October/094265.html
>   http://www.troubleshooters.com/linux/samba.htm
> My credentials file /etc/samba/smbpassword is very simple.
> $ cat smbpassword
> user=jdoe
> password=XXXXX
> Some say to use spaces like "user = jdoe", but makes no difference.
> Is this a samba bug? I can share more details of what I've done if requested.
> ~af

For future reference to anyone seeing this problem. This is a samba bug.

The fix is here on comment #22:

Make sure to use "username=".


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