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Old 11-20-2004, 02:56 PM   #1
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smbfs shares writable to root only

Simply stated no matter how much I hack at this I can't get my mounted smbfs shares to be writable to anyone except root.

fstab looks like this:

\\computer\share /mnt/smbshare smbfs username=[username on that computer],password=[password for that user],uid=user 0 0

The share mounts fine. Root can read and write to it. All the regular users on this computer cannot.

How do I mount smbfs shares (w/fstab) as writable to all nonroot users?

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Old 11-21-2004, 09:23 AM   #2
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I had a similar problem where other users could see the share and files on the share, but couldn't write to existing files - they could create new files. In my case it was an ownership issue - root had copied all the files to the share.

To fix this, I created a group (named pco), then used chown and chgrp to "give" those files to the group, then in smb.conf, in the section for the share, I set

valid users = @pco

again - I am very new to all this, so not sure if it's relevant to your situation, but it solved my problem.

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Old 11-21-2004, 09:52 AM   #3
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That's kind of a backwards way to do it. What I'd really like to do is find a way to grant ALL users the same privs as root by default with regards to smbfs mounts without changing user groups and specifying uids and whatnot.


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