[Samba] Deletion of directory symlink via Samba deletes files in original subdirectory on Unix

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Tue Nov 24 17:45:30 MST 2009

On Tue, Nov 24, 2009 at 04:24:13PM -0800, Kathy wrote:
> Hello --
> We have a Solaris 10 ZFS server running Samba with "follow
> symlinks=yes" set.  We're noticing that if you delete (via Samba) a
> file that is a symbolic link pointing to a subdirectory somewhere,
> with files in that subdir, it will not only delete the symbolic link
> file, but also delete the files in the target subdirectory.  On Unix,
> if you delete a symbolic link, it will leave the original target
> subdir (and its files) untouched.  This behavior only seems to happen
> if the symlink is pointing to a populated subdirectory.  If you have a
> symlink that points to a file and delete the symlink via Samba, the
> original file remains intact.  Does anyone know of a way to get around
> this particular behavior?  We would like it to behave as in Unix.
> Only the symlink gets deleted and not the subdir/files it was pointing
> at.

What version of Samba ?


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