[Samba] Samba on AIX, issues setting read-only flag on files through Windows Explorer?

Mirza Dedic mirza.dedic at outlook.com
Mon Mar 30 15:05:03 MDT 2015

Hello list :)

I am having issues setting the "read-only" flag via Windows Explorer on my AIX Samba share and I was hoping someone out there would be able to point me into the right direction to solving this issue...

I have on my AIX 7.1 system installed Samba 3.6.24 and configured, joined to our Windows domain successfully.

The samba binaries I got from perzl.org/aix

In my smb.conf I have...

   workgroup = WEST
   realm = west.mydomain.com
   netbios name = van-xxxx
   server string =
   load printers = no
   admin users = "VANXX\Administrator"
   log level = 3
   log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
   max log size = 50
   security = ADS
   password server = dc01.west.mydomain.com, dc02.west.mydomain.com
   encrypt passwords = yes
   guest ok = no
   auth methods = winbind
   socket options = TCP_NODELAY
   interfaces = 172.xxx.xxx.xxx/22
   bind interfaces only = yes
   local master = no
   os level = 33
   domain master = no
   preferred master = no
   wins support = no
   wins server = xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
   wins proxy = no
   dns proxy = no
   idmap uid = 5000-10000000
   idmap gid = 5000-10000000
   template homedir = /home/%U
   template shell = /bin/bash
   winbind use default domain = Yes
   winbind nested groups = Yes
   client use spnego = yes
   client signing = yes

   comment = usr3
   path = /usr3
   read only = No
   inherit permissions = Yes
   nt acl support = Yes
   printable = No
   guest ok = No
   veto oplock files = /*.log/

Inside /usr3 I have a folder: 
drwxrwxrwx 17 root system 12288 Mar 30 11:23 appsrv

Inside the appsrv folder I have a file: 
-r-xr--r-- 1 rober usr 111 Mar 30 10:50 BradTest.p

On my Windows 7 machine I can browse to \\van-xxxxx\usr3 and I can go inside the appsrv directory and open/edit the BradTest.p file, and create other files in this directory, etc...

I am debugging with a single file named "BradTest.p", its permissions are as follows...

# stat BradTest.p
  File: 'BradTest.p'
  Size: 111             Blocks: 8          IO Block: 4096   regular file
Device: 2e0001h/3014657d        Inode: 73597       Links: 1
Access: (0766/-rwxrw-rw-)  Uid: ( 1165/   rober)   Gid: (  100/     usr)

The BradTest.p file is owned by another user "rober", which is an Active Directory user-id.

If I login to a Windows 7 machine as "rober" I can browse to the above file and set the read-only flag. If I login to the Windows 7 computer as another user such as "mirte", I can edit the file but I cannot change the read-only flag I get an access denied error message.

Both users belong to the "usr" group, so why can't I logged in as mirte change the read-only flag on the file owned by rober? I can "chown mirte BradTest.p" and then i can modify the read-only flag.

If logged into the computer as "mirte" and creating a dummy file called "testing'txt" in the Samba share, we can see the AD to UNIX userid mapping are working fine because the file created is owned by my user-id and the "usr" group...

# stat testing.txt
  File: 'testing.txt'
  Size: 0               Blocks: 0          IO Block: 4096   regular empty file
Device: 2e0001h/3014657d        Inode: 74877       Links: 1
Access: (0766/-rwxrw-rw-)  Uid: (  205/   mirte)   Gid: (  100/     usr)

I can then set the read-only flag, and when I stat the file again we see..

I can then right click and properties this file and set the read-only flag and we see the permission change reflected below...

# stat testing.txt
  File: 'testing.txt'
  Size: 0               Blocks: 0          IO Block: 4096   regular empty file
Device: 2e0001h/3014657d        Inode: 74877       Links: 1
Access: (0544/-r-xr--r--)  Uid: (  205/   mirte)   Gid: (  100/     usr)

What I need to be able to do is as another developer check out a file by setting a read-only flag on it even if it is not owned by me, this previously worked for us prior to migrating to a newer system with a newer samba build (old system had samba 3.5.8, new system has 3.6.24).

I am stumped as to how I could resolve this.. anyone able to point me to the right direction? 		 	   		  

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