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Old 10-11-2004, 09:57 AM   #1
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Exclamation file ownership is changing on me [solved]

I just migrated an old application from Novell 3 to debian linux. Everything is working find except that when users access the application from their windows 98 machines the ownership of the files on the linux server are being changed.

Right now I have everyone set up with an individual username and password both for their linux account and for samba. Furthermore, they are all members of the group 'staff'. All the files are defaulted to owner:group root:staff, however after somebody does something in the application (like enter new data) it changes the owner:group of the affected file to fred:fred. Which prevents everyone (including fred for some reason) from proceeding. I have to manually login as root and type 'chown root:staff *.*' before people can continue.

Given that I can't change the application (it's an old app written in dbase), is there some way I can make this work? Maybe create a group and give everyone therein admin privs? Some other solution? Help!

Last edited by viniosity; 10-12-2004 at 08:14 PM.
Old 10-12-2004, 06:50 AM   #2
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Its a Samba config problem. You need to force the user you want when these people have access to write to the files, etc.

Post your smb.conf file and it'll make it easier for us to give an accurate answer and possible setup that will work.
Old 10-12-2004, 08:13 PM   #3
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Yup, that was it. Thanks so much for the pointer! Here are the changes to smb.conf that made it work:

browseable = yes
path = /usr/local/foo
writeable = yes
create mask = 0775
directory mask = 0775
security = share
force group = staff
force create mode = 0664
force directory mode = 0775


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