[Samba] winbindd: getent passwd yields empty GECOS field

Johan Hattne johan at hattne.se
Thu Feb 13 23:07:49 UTC 2020

Dear all;

I'm trying to use winbindd to resolve names in an AD setup.  I can 
authenticate just fine, but I've noticed that for some users "getent 
passwd" returns a GECOS field populated with displayName from the LDAP 
servers and for others is does not.  For example:

   $ getent passwd user1
   user1:*:1111111111:2222222222:John Doe:/home/user1:/bin/bash
   $ getent passwd user2

I don't see any systematic differences between users for which this 
works and for those where it doesn't, but I would like to see the GECOS 
populated for all users.  I've seen this issue discussed in various 
places in the past but nowhere solved, so I' hoping there's simple fix. 
Can anyone provide insight?

Full smb.conf below (the Time Machine stuff is probably irrelevant, but 
included for completeness); this is using the buster-samba410 packages 
from https://apt.van-belle.nl/debian.

         client signing = required
         load printers = No
         local master = No
         log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
         max log size = 1000
         mdns name = mdns
         realm = AD.EXAMPLE.COM
         security = ADS
         server min protocol = SMB2
         server signing = required
         server string = Samba %v (%h)
         template homedir = /home/%U
         template shell = /bin/bash
         winbind use default domain = Yes
         workgroup = AD
         fruit:copyfile = yes
         idmap config * : rangesize = 1000000
         idmap config * : range = 1734200000 - 1999999999
         idmap config * : backend = autorid
         use sendfile = Yes
         vfs objects = catia fruit streams_xattr

         comment = Time Machine (%h)
         path = /var/time_machine/%U
         read only = No
         valid users = "@AD.EXAMPLE.COM\mygroup"
         fruit:model = RackMac
         fruit:encoding = native
         fruit:time machine max size = 1024G
         fruit:time machine = yes

// Best wishes; Johan

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