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Old 04-25-2008, 09:50 AM   #1
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Unhappy Samba mounts (via fstab) makes files into dirs, and other problems

Running a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.1 (64bit) system and trying to mount network shares from a Windows 2003 server. I can mount these shares, but browsing them is an issue -- I can CD to non-existant dirs, and files are being displayed as directories as well. Here is some info and examples:

[root@plus ~]# cat /etc/fstab
LABEL=/                 /                       ext3    defaults        1 1
LABEL=/var              /var                    ext3    defaults        1 2
tmpfs                   /dev/shm                tmpfs   defaults        0 0
devpts                  /dev/pts                devpts  gid=5,mode=620  0 0
sysfs                   /sys                    sysfs   defaults        0 0
proc                    /proc                   proc    defaults        0 0
LABEL=SWAP-sda3         swap                    swap    defaults        0 0
\\exchange\import  /mnt/import  cifs  username=Samba,gid=500,password=PASS,uid=500,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777  0  0
\\exchange\mmnew  /mnt/mmnew  cifs  user,username=Samba,gid=500,password=PASS,uid=500,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777  0  0
\\exchange\broke  /usr/MAIL.ATTACH  cifs  username=Samba,gid=500,password=PASS,uid=500,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777  0  0
\\exchange\data  /mnt/data  cifs  username=Samba,gid=500,password=PASS,user,uid=500,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777  0  0

[root@plus ~]# file /mnt/data/0220EM.CSV
/mnt/data/0220EM.CSV: directory

[root@plus ~]# cd /mnt/data/0220EM.CSV

[root@plus 0220EM.CSV]# ls

0220EM.CSV is NOT a directory but a file. Additionally, if I CD to that directory and 'ls' there it gives me the same output as the /mnt/data/ directory does, meaning its recursing upon itself or something.

Additionally I can 'cd /mnt/data/fakedir/' and (1) it actually goes there, and (2) 'ls' gives the same output as 'ls /mnt/data/'

This is obviously very wrong. Can anyone help me?
Old 04-26-2008, 07:13 AM   #2
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This may seem a minor point, but the samba shares in my fstab file all have linux-style slashes, IE:

//exchange/import /mnt/import

I'm not sure if that will fix it, but it's worth an attempt, perhaps.

Additionally, for security reasons, you should use the "credentials" function. Namely, create a file called "/root/smbcreds" or whatever and put the following into it:


then, in fstab, take out the "username" and "password" values and just add "credentials=/root/smbcreds" .... this way only your user and the system will be able to see the credentials.
Old 05-01-2008, 01:48 PM   #3
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I've moved to the credentials-style authentication and also changed the Windows password to use standard alphanumeric characters; I've also tried mounting the dir with // and \\\\ but neither work yet... no resolution in site...


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