[Samba] Samba 3.5.6: can't follow symlinks on shares

Andy Liebman andyliebman at aol.com
Mon Nov 8 04:27:24 MST 2010

  Hi Konstantin,

On 11/08/2010 01:21 AM, Konstantin Boyandin wrote:
> 08.11.2010 11:11, John H Terpstra writes:
>> On 11/07/2010 10:53 PM, Konstantin Boyandin wrote:
>>> Samba version: 3.5.6, OS CentOS 5.5 64-bit.
>>> The problem: I have a share with symlinks leading outside the share.
>>> After mounting the shared resource (cifs), I can't proceed through
>>> symlinks (permission denied).
>>> Setting options
>>> follow symlinks = yes
>>> wide links = yes
>>> for the share doesn't change Samba behaviour. Could someone 
>>> enlighten me
>>> on how to handle this?
>> Do not use symlinks, rather use bind mounts.
> The idea is to make the navigation through symlinks uniform, both in 
> ssh shell and via Samba share, without breaking anything that works on 
> the shared directories and relies on symlinks existence..
> Correct me if I am wrong, you propose changing all the symlinks to 
> 'mount -o bind' mounts?
> Is there documented way to traverse symlinks on share?
I sounds like maybe you need to your [General] section the following line:

    unix extensions = no

That will make Samba resolve the symlinks on the server side.

Andy Liebman

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