Application access to networked home folders
Home folders are samba shares with ldap authentication, on QNAP NAS.
Client PCs are Linux Mint 12 with Mate desktop.
Login and user access to home folders is successful. Authentication is handled by with pam_ldapd set up in accordance with these instructions http://arthurdejong.org/nss-pam-ldapd/setup
Home shares are mounted with pam_mount to /home/$USER. Users are able to create, read and delete folders in their home folders and they own everything correctly, including hidden dot files.
The problem is that some applications are behaving strangely, as if they not properly accessing user home folders.
pulseaudio is not able to create ~/.pulse
chromium-browser fails completely
Of course none of this behaviour occurs for a local login. The same /etc/skel is used for both local and networked users so they start out with the same config settings. I have tried tweaking pam settings but I am a bit out of my depth there, even after reading man pages and tutorials.
FYI this is at a community radio station where I am one of the volunteer techies. Any help with this problem would be appreciated.
I have also just discovered that it is not possible to create symlinks in home folders.
It looks like an issue with samba/cifs not being able to provide the filesystem type needed for linux to work properly.
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