[Samba] Access problem: root Ok, but not home

Chris du Preez chris at flamengro.co.za
Tue Jul 5 08:11:00 MDT 2011

> I've just done an out-of-the-box RHEL6 (SL6, actually) install, but 
> can't get the Samba config quite right. system-config-samba has gone in 
> RHEL6, which hasn't helped.
> If I set up a root section:
> [root]
>   comment = SL6 /
>   path = /
>   writeable = yes
>   valid users = paul
> then I can access '/' from XP without problems. If I instead (or as 
> well) set up a section for myself:
> [paul]
>   comment = SL6 /home/paul
>   path = /home/paul
>   writeable = yes
>   valid users = paul
> Then I can't access the 'paul' share from XP, even though I can access 
> the 'root' share. When using the root share, I  can see the contents of 
> home, but I can't get into /home/paul.
> I've tried this both with and without the standard [Homes] section; no 
> difference. smbusers contains the (extra) line 'paul = paul'. My 
> username and password are identical on XP and SL6, and my smb password 
> is the same. This is a small local workgroup; no domain.
> The samba logfile doesn't complain when I try to access the paul share:
> [2011/06/07 12:56:56.865835,  1] smbd/service.c:1070(make_connection_snum)
>    puffin (::ffff: connect to service paul initially as 
> user paul (uid=500, gid=500)
> but when I double-click on the share from Windows explorer, I get a 
> pop-up saying "\\SL6\paul is not accessible, yada".
> Any ideas?
> Thanks.

I had the same problem with rhel 6. What I did was to "setsebool 
samba_export_rw on" as root. You can replace the "rw" with "ro".

Hope this helps


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