[Samba] viewing, if not editing, NFSv4 ACL's from Samba shares

Jeremy Allison jra at samba.org
Tue Apr 20 16:25:26 MDT 2010

On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 11:31:47PM +0200, Volker Lendecke wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 20, 2010 at 05:20:47PM -0400, Nico Kadel-Garcia wrote:
> > Nope. I really, really wish it did. The relevant clients are Windows
> > XP, if that has any role. And I've confirmed that the files and
> > directories generated do follow the NFSv4 ACL policies.
> And they don't allow to modify them? That's strange.
> > As a relatively ignorant user, I wonder if mapping for display might
> > be considered too awkward. NFSv4 ACL's are storead as
> > 'username at domain', rather than as 'username', and Windows doesn't seem
> > to have the same concept of ordering of ACL's as NFSv4 has, so it
> > could be pretty tricky.
> ACL ordering is one of the nastiest pieces of NFSv4/Windows
> ACL interop. But you can't do much about that.
> > > What platform is your Samba server running on? Is this
> > > Solaris?
> > 
> > RHEL 5. It's why I've been writing lately about the tI've been
> > avoiding Solaris as file servers since I wrote one of the first Samba
> > ports for SunOS 4.1.2, way back in the 1990's.
> I thought it was Solaris because you've got the zfsacl
> module activated.
> I was told today that the Linux NFSv4 client file system
> passes the ACLs as xattrs to user space. So it should "just"
> be a matter of writing a VFS module to get what you want.
> Probably very few days of coding. If just had time...

Oh, I've found the source code. It's horrifying :-).

They read and write the xattr system.nfs4_acl as
an xdr encoded blob. There's no library API at
all, as far as I can see, it's all hand marshalling
for the two binaries nfs4_setfacl and nfs4_getfacl.


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