[Samba] USB Drive Permissions?

noleksin at gmail.com noleksin at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 12:15:22 MDT 2011

Hi Chris:
Thanks for the help. I will investigate the automounter documentation re:  
filesystem types and permissions.
Can you help me understand what "Force user" mode is?
I am going to try to share /media with "User" authentication mode.
Thanks again

On , Chris Weiss <cweiss at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 4, 2011 at 12:11 PM, Nicholas Oleksinski noleksin at gmail.com>  
> wrote:

> > I just installed Samba on my Karmic box and I am trying to share a USB  
> drive

> > that has been mounted to /media/Personal1.

> > 1) It is owned by noleks (me)

> > 2) Its permissions are 700, unchangeable (?)

> To change default permissions, you'd have to consult your automounter

> docs. As most usb sticks are fat32, they don't actually have

> permissions, so what you are seeing is a posix permission emulation

> layer in the vfat fs driver, which is controlled by mount flags.

> However, and a bigger problem, is that when you make a share on a

> mount point and the connect to it, smbd will tend to lock the mount

> point and you won't be able to cleanly unmount the disk without

> manually killing the smbd process that has it locked.

> What I have done in the past is to share out /media with the "force

> user" option so that access to the usb disks is done as my desktop

> login user. As I recall, this locks /media but not /media/Personal1

> so that issue is resolved. The force user option is a lot easier to

> deal with than automounters. And sharing /media means all your usb

> drives will work without adding a share for each one. you also get

> cd/dvd-rom sharing.

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