[Samba] Is a password required for the Linux account?

Gilles codecomplete at free.fr
Fri May 4 13:51:51 UTC 2018

Rowland Penny > Wouldn't you be better off using a SSH login ? What you 
are proposing doesn't sound very secure to me.

Sorry, I haven't made myself understood.

I simply want to use Samba in the standard way, through the "valid 
users" option, which requires creating a Unix account, a Samba account, 
and password for both, ideally in sync.

This is partially explained on the wiki, although it missed the most 
important "valid users" option:


I was just wondering if a Unix password is actually required.

I assume the answer is yes, or I guess Samba will get an error when 
trying to access the underlying filesystem if the matching Unix account 
has no password.

Thank you.

PS: Sorry for the break in the thread: I only realized after posting 
that the archives at Nabble are inactive 
http://samba.2283325.n4.nabble.com/Samba-General-f2403709.html . Is 
there no web-based alternative to the Samba General mailing list?

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