[Samba] Problem with softlinks under samba on RHEL

L.P.H. van Belle belle at bazuin.nl
Tue Apr 19 05:29:09 MDT 2011

put this line in the share. 

follow symlinks = yes
and test if its not working also put 
wide links = yes 
in the share.

and in your global config
host msdfs = no
unix extensions = no

## these options are share options not for uses in global config.
#       wide links = yes
#       follow symlinks = yes 

worked for me. 


>-----Oorspronkelijk bericht-----
>Van: parag.doke+techie at gmail.com 
>[mailto:samba-bounces at lists.samba.org] Namens Parag Doke
>Verzonden: 2011-04-19 13:15
>Aan: samba at lists.samba.org
>Onderwerp: [Samba] Problem with softlinks under samba on RHEL
>Hello all Samba enthusiasts.
>I am a noob w.r.t. samba configuration and just happened to use it on
>Solaris systems by creating conf files using copy-paste :-). This is
>just to convey that I'm no advanced user and might need help with the
>solutions / alternatives to come.
>Some background => Here is my smb.conf:
>    workgroup = <company domain>
>    server string = Samba Server on <hostname> configured by Parag Doke
>    security = share
>    load printers = no
>    log file = /usr/samba/var/log.%m
>    max log size = 50
>    socket options = TCP_NODELAY
>    encrypt passwords = no
>    comment = Read only shared folder on <hostname>
>    path = /usr1/Shared
>    public = yes
>    write list = <my login>
>    writeable = yes
>    force create mode = 0755
>    force directory mode = 0755
>I have replaced texts that could potentially reveal irrelevant data
>with <comment>. But this is a very simple configuration that works.
>The samba version I have on this host is "Version 3.5.8" (I used "smbd
>-V"). The host runs RHEL5 (Linux <hostname> 2.6.18-128.el5 #1 SMP Wed
>Dec 17 11:41:38 EST 2008 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux).
>The idea => So that people within my office can have (read-only)
>access to Unix/Linux filesystems around right from their Windows
>(mostly XP) desktops, I was trying to create a folder structure
>similar to the one below:
>Thus on the filesystem of <hostname>, I have:
>At this location I create softlinks:
>ln -s /net/unix-machine-001/usr1 .
>ln -s /net/unix-machine-001/usr2 .
>ln -s /net/linux-machine-001/disk1 .
>ln -s /net/linux-machine-002/disk1 .
>The problem => When I browse to
>\\<hostname>\Shared\unix-machine-links\<unix-machine-001> from an XP
>client, I can see the "usr1" folder there. But, when I attempt to open
>it, Windows complains:
>\\<hostname>\Shared\unix-machine-links\<unix-machine-001> is not
>accessible. You might not have permission to use this network
>resource. Contact the administrator of this server to find out if you
>have access permissions.
>Access is denied.
>For a long time I was playing around with the permissions, but that
>did not help. Then I found another system running Solaris 10 (where I
>had run similar samba configurations earlier) and the same thing does
>seem to work. The only difference in the smb.conf (which is not
>relevant to the problem) is the change in <hostname>. If this helps
>towards the problem, the Solaris system details are: SunOS <solaris
>hostname> 5.10 Generic_141444-09 sun4u sparc SUNW,Sun-Blade-2500.
>This system runs samba: Version 3.0.35 (again this is output 
>of smbd -V).
>That above experiment clarified that it wasn't a permissions issue.
>Possibly something specific to RHEL ? Can someone kindly share any
>thoughts (or diagnostic commands for me to try out) ?
>Many thanks in advance,
>Parag Doke
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