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Old 08-11-2004, 12:43 PM   #1
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Sharing folders in Samba which are not in the HOME path

ive set up samba... and am only able to access folders on my brother's win xp machine which are in my HOME using kde 3.3 beta 2 and i even set the option of sharing all folders (other than those in HOME) if the user has sufficient permissions...the problem is im not able to access non HOME folders even if im logged on as root from my brothers computer..

please help..
Old 08-11-2004, 01:26 PM   #2
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post the lower part of your smb.conf

there is a section that talks about sharing out your tpm dir. you will need to look there to find the area to uncomment. you can also do a serch on my name and samba as i have a full smb.conf posted that works to share out specific directory. it shares the /tmp/samba.

also have you chmod -R 777 /path/to/dir

Old 08-11-2004, 08:42 PM   #3
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thank you for the quick's my smb.conf

# Samba config file created using SWAT
# from (
# Date: 2004/08/04 22:01:57

# Global parameters
workgroup = WORKGROUP
map to guest = Bad User
server string = Watha
security = SHARE
log file = /var/log/samba.%m
max log size = 50
dns proxy = No
encrpyt passwords = Yes
guest acount = nobody
os level = 20

path = /home/Share
guest ok = Yes

path = /d/Mp3/
guets ok = Yes
browseable = Yes
public = Yes

path = /d/Southpark
guest ok = Yes
browseable = Yes
public = Yes

guess i dont have a temp i need to have one?
ill try chmod -R 777 there any other line which i need to add or remove so that my samba server is visible immediately...on win xp network places it takes like abt 15 seconds to get into my files after Samba server is clicked..

thanks very much..
Old 08-11-2004, 10:20 PM   #4
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i did that. I wanted to be able to access /backup from my windows machine and didnt find a place to put it in my smb.conf
so i just created a new user whithout creating a home directory, but selecting /backup as his home directory

and adding this to my smb.conf file

path = /backup
Old 08-13-2004, 01:21 PM   #5
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thanx for the replies looks like sharing file son the Linux filesystem is not the problem..but the files i want to share are on a windows(vfat) it possible to set up samba so that i can share them?
Old 08-13-2004, 01:41 PM   #6
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on a linux machine u can share ur files from any partiton be it windows or what

postt ur whole smb.conf here
it will be helpfull

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# Samba config file created using SWAT
# from (
# Date: 2004/08/15 10:53:12

# Global parameters
dos charset = CP850
unix charset = UTF-8
display charset = LOCALE
workgroup = WORKGROUP
netbios name = ABCD
netbios aliases =
netbios scope =
server string = ABCDE
interfaces =
bind interfaces only = No
security = SHARE
auth methods =
encrypt passwords = Yes
update encrypted = No
client schannel = Auto
server schannel = Auto
allow trusted domains = Yes
hosts equiv =
min passwd length = 5
map to guest = Bad User
null passwords = No
obey pam restrictions = No
password server = *
smb passwd file = /etc/samba/private/smbpasswd
private dir = /etc/samba/private
passdb backend = smbpasswd
algorithmic rid base = 1000
root directory =
guest account = nobody
pam password change = No
passwd program =
passwd chat = *new*password* %n\n *new*password* %n\n *changed*
passwd chat debug = No
passwd chat timeout = 2
username map =
password level = 0
username level = 0
unix password sync = No
restrict anonymous = 0
lanman auth = Yes
ntlm auth = Yes
client NTLMv2 auth = No
client lanman auth = Yes
client plaintext auth = Yes
preload modules =
log level = 0
syslog = 1
syslog only = No
log file = /var/log/samba.%m
max log size = 50
timestamp logs = Yes
debug hires timestamp = No
debug pid = No
debug uid = No
smb ports = 445 139
protocol = NT1
large readwrite = Yes
max protocol = NT1
min protocol = CORE
read bmpx = No
read raw = Yes
write raw = Yes
disable netbios = No
acl compatibility =
nt pipe support = Yes
nt status support = Yes
announce version = 4.9
announce as = NT
max mux = 50
max xmit = 16644
name resolve order = lmhosts wins host bcast
max ttl = 259200
max wins ttl = 518400
min wins ttl = 21600
time server = No
unix extensions = Yes
use spnego = Yes
client signing = auto
server signing = No
client use spnego = Yes
change notify timeout = 60
deadtime = 0
getwd cache = Yes
keepalive = 300
kernel change notify = Yes
lpq cache time = 10
max smbd processes = 0
paranoid server security = Yes
max disk size = 0
max open files = 10000
socket options = TCP_NODELAY
use mmap = Yes
hostname lookups = No
name cache timeout = 660
load printers = Yes
printcap name = cups
disable spoolss = No
enumports command =
addprinter command =
deleteprinter command =
show add printer wizard = Yes
os2 driver map =
mangling method = hash2
mangle prefix = 1
stat cache = Yes
machine password timeout = 604800
add user script =
delete user script =
add group script =
delete group script =
add user to group script =
delete user from group script =
set primary group script =
add machine script =
shutdown script =
abort shutdown script =
logon script =
logon path = \\%N\%U\profile
logon drive =
logon home = \\%N\%U
domain logons = No
os level = 20
lm announce = Auto
lm interval = 60
preferred master = Auto
local master = Yes
domain master = Auto
browse list = Yes
enhanced browsing = Yes
dns proxy = No
wins proxy = No
wins server =
wins support = No
wins hook =
wins partners =
kernel oplocks = Yes
lock spin count = 3
lock spin time = 10
oplock break wait time = 0
ldap suffix =
ldap machine suffix =
ldap user suffix =
ldap group suffix =
ldap idmap suffix =
ldap filter = (uid=%u)
ldap admin dn =
ldap ssl =
ldap passwd sync = no
ldap delete dn = No
ldap replication sleep = 1000
add share command =
change share command =
delete share command =
config file =
preload =
lock directory = /var/cache/samba
pid directory = /var/run
utmp directory =
wtmp directory =
utmp = No
default service =
message command =
dfree command =
get quota command =
set quota command =
remote announce =
remote browse sync =
socket address =
homedir map = auto.home
afs username map =
time offset = 0
NIS homedir = No
panic action =
host msdfs = No
enable rid algorithm = Yes
idmap backend =
idmap uid =
idmap gid =
template primary group = nobody
template homedir = /home/%D/%U
template shell = /bin/false
winbind separator = \
winbind cache time = 300
winbind enable local accounts = Yes
winbind enum users = Yes
winbind enum groups = Yes
winbind use default domain = No
winbind trusted domains only = No
winbind nested groups = No
comment =
path =
username =
invalid users =
valid users =
admin users =
read list =
write list =
printer admin =
force user =
force group =
read only = Yes
create mask = 0744
force create mode = 00
security mask = 0777
force security mode = 00
directory mask = 0755
force directory mode = 00
directory security mask = 0777
force directory security mode = 00
inherit permissions = No
inherit acls = No
guest only = No
guest ok = No
only user = No
hosts allow =
hosts deny =
ea support = No
nt acl support = Yes
profile acls = No
map acl inherit = No
afs share = No
block size = 1024
max connections = 0
min print space = 0
strict allocate = No
strict sync = No
sync always = No
use sendfile = No
write cache size = 0
max reported print jobs = 0
max print jobs = 1000
printable = No
printing = cups
cups options =
print command =
lpq command =
lprm command =
lppause command =
lpresume command =
queuepause command =
queueresume command =
printer name =
use client driver = No
default devmode = No
default case = lower
case sensitive = No
preserve case = Yes
short preserve case = Yes
mangle case = No
mangling char = ~
hide dot files = Yes
hide special files = No
hide unreadable = No
hide unwriteable files = No
delete veto files = No
veto files =
hide files =
veto oplock files =
map system = No
map hidden = No
map archive = Yes
mangled names = Yes
mangled map =
store dos attributes = No
browseable = Yes
blocking locks = Yes
csc policy = manual
fake oplocks = No
locking = Yes
oplocks = Yes
level2 oplocks = Yes
oplock contention limit = 2
posix locking = Yes
strict locking = Yes
share modes = Yes
copy =
include =
exec =
preexec close = No
postexec =
root preexec =
root preexec close = No
root postexec =
available = Yes
volume =
fstype = NTFS
set directory = No
wide links = Yes
follow symlinks = Yes
dont descend =
magic script =
magic output =
delete readonly = No
dos filemode = No
dos filetimes = No
dos filetime resolution = No
fake directory create times = No
vfs objects =
msdfs root = No
msdfs proxy =

path = /home/Share
guest ok = Yes

path = /root/limwire/
guest ok = Yes
Old 08-15-2004, 01:22 AM   #8
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what i want to share is something like


path = /d/mp3

/d is my windows partition
Old 08-15-2004, 02:26 PM   #9
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hi there

i have ben using FC2 and i haven't noticed so much options there

from ur smb.conf i can say that
u can mak
workgroup=<name of windows workgroup>

and mote the fstype=NTFS entry

also i am posting my smb.conf which works for me
have a look


#======================= Global Settings =====================================

# workgroup = NT-Domain-Name or Workgroup-Name
workgroup = invincible

# server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
server string = Gaurav at Linux
#this string will appear with name of the machine

# This option is important for security. It allows you to restrict
# connections to machines which are on your local network. The
# following example restricts access to two C class networks and
# the "loopback" interface. For more examples of the syntax see
# the smb.conf man page
hosts allow = 192.168.0. 127.
#allow host of range

# if you want to automatically load your printer list rather
# than setting them up individually then you'll need this
;printcap name = /etc/printcap
;load printers = yes

# It should not be necessary to spell out the print system type unless
# yours is non-standard. Currently supported print systems include:
# bsd, sysv, plp, lprng, aix, hpux, qnx, cups
;printing = cups

# Uncomment this if you want a guest account, you must add this to /etc/passwd
# otherwise the user "nobody" is used
; guest account = pcguest

# this tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine
# that connects
log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
#log file for each machine that connects to this samba server

# Put a capping on the size of the log files (in Kb).
max log size = 5000
#specifies unlimited log size
# Security mode. Most people will want user level security. See
# security_level.txt for details.
#security level for workgroup computers involving win 2000, XP

# Use password server option only with security = server
# The argument list may include:
# password server = My_PDC_Name [My_BDC_Name] [My_Next_BDC_Name]
# or to auto-locate the domain controller/s
password server = *
; password server = <NT-Server-Name>

#required for domains where usernames and passwords are configrmed through a server

# Password Level allows matching of _n_ characters of the password for
# all combinations of upper and lower case.
; password level = 8
; username level = 8
#checks for all combinatiions of UPPERCASE and LOWERCASE since windows is case insensitive but linux is case sensitive

# You may wish to use password encryption. Please read
# ENCRYPTION.txt, Win95.txt and WinNT.txt in the Samba documentation.
# Do not enable this option unless you have read those documents
encrypt passwords = yes
smb passwd file = /etc/samba/smbpasswd
#all windows versions do not supprt encrypted passwords

# The following is needed to keep smbclient from spouting spurious errors
# when Samba is built with support for SSL.
; ssl CA certFile = /usr/share/ssl/certs/ca-bundle.crt

#used for providing a securer socket layer trans

# The following are needed to allow password changing from Windows to
# update the Linux system password also.
# NOTE: Use these with 'encrypt passwords' and 'smb passwd file' above.
# NOTE2: You do NOT need these to allow workstations to change only
# the encrypted SMB passwords. They allow the Unix password
# to be kept in sync with the SMB password.
unix password sync = Yes
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
passwd chat = *New*password* %n\n *Retype*new*password* %n\n *passwd:*all*authentication*tokens*updated*successfully*

# when passwords are changed what text will apear

# You can use PAM's password change control flag for Samba. If
# enabled, then PAM will be used for password changes when requested
# by an SMB client instead of the program listed in passwd program.
# It should be possible to enable this without changing your passwd
# chat parameter for most setups.

pam password change = yes
#secure passwords by Pluggable authentication module

# Unix users can map to different SMB User names
username map = /etc/samba/smbusers

#allow users mapping from smbusers file only

# Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration
# on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name
# of the machine that is connecting
; include = /etc/samba/smb.conf.%m

# for saving profiles of machines, name of machine replaces %m

# This parameter will control whether or not Samba should obey PAM's
# account and session management directives. The default behavior is
# to use PAM for clear text authentication only and to ignore any
# account or session management. Note that Samba always ignores PAM
# for authentication in the case of encrypt passwords = yes

obey pam restrictions = yes

# Most people will find that this option gives better performance.
# See speed.txt and the manual pages for details
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192

# changing buffer sizes for better load management

# Configure Samba to use multiple interfaces
# If you have multiple network interfaces then you must list them
# here. See the man page for details.
; interfaces =

#for more than oe NIC cards

# Configure remote browse list synchronisation here
# request announcement to, or browse list sync from:
# a specific host or from / to a whole subnet (see below)
; remote browse sync = 192.168.0

#sends list of shares to a network or a browse master

# Cause this host to announce itself to local subnets here
remote announce =

#my network is 192.168.0

# Browser Control Options:
# set local master to no if you don't want Samba to become a master
# browser on your network. Otherwise the normal election rules apply
; local master = no

# OS Level determines the precedence of this server in master browser
# elections. The default value should be reasonable
; os level = 33

# Domain Master specifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser. This
# allows Samba to collate browse lists between subnets. Don't use this
# if you already have a Windows NT domain controller doing this job
; domain master = yes

# Preferred Master causes Samba to force a local browser election on startup
# and gives it a slightly higher chance of winning the election
; preferred master = yes

# Enable this if you want Samba to be a domain logon server for
# Windows95 workstations.
; domain logons = yes

# if you enable domain logons then you may want a per-machine or
# per user logon script
# run a specific logon batch file per workstation (machine)
; logon script = %m.bat
# run a specific logon batch file per username
; logon script = %U.bat

# Where to store roving profiles (only for Win95 and WinNT)
# %L substitutes for this servers netbios name, %U is username
# You must uncomment the [Profiles] share below
; logon path = \\%L\Profiles\%U

# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
# WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable it's WINS Server
; wins support = yes

# WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client
# Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT both
; wins server = w.x.y.z

# WINS Proxy - Tells Samba to answer name resolution queries on
# behalf of a non WINS capable client, for this to work there must be
# at least one WINS Server on the network. The default is NO.
; wins proxy = yes

# DNS Proxy - tells Samba whether or not to try to resolve NetBIOS names
# via DNS nslookups. The built-in default for versions 1.9.17 is yes,
# this has been changed in version 1.9.18 to no.
dns proxy = no

# Case Preservation can be handy - system default is _no_
# NOTE: These can be set on a per share basis
; preserve case = no
; short preserve case = no
# Default case is normally upper case for all DOS files
; default case = lower
# Be very careful with case sensitivity - it can break things!
; case sensitive = no

#============================ Share Definitions ==============================
comment = Home Directories
browseable = no
writeable = yes
valid users = %S
create mode = 0664
directory mode = 0775
# If you want users samba doesn't recognize to be mapped to a guest user
; map to guest = bad user

it is working for me

also see that if u can mount ur windows shares from the linux machine


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Whenever you get to it, the guests ok line in this share has a typo.
>path = /d/Mp3/
>guets ok = Yes
>browseable = Yes
>public = Yes
Old 08-18-2004, 08:22 AM   #11
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thanx for the help....

masand still not able to access files which are on fat32 (vfat) partition from the xp box...has anyone ever done this before..?
Old 08-18-2004, 09:40 AM   #12
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so please tell me these
1. are u able to access other FS type partiotn from windowx Xp
2. can u mount ur window shares in linux

here is my entry which allows users to aces my songs folder which is in /mnt/win_g

path = /mnt/win_g/songs
guest ok = yes

Old 08-18-2004, 02:47 PM   #13
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yes i am able to access linux partitions from the windows xp ...and also able to mount my windows partitions on the linux machines...

however i have mounted my widnows partition on /d and not /mnt/ u think that will make a difference?

ill try and post back ..

(hi from a fellow desi)
Old 08-25-2004, 12:36 PM   #14
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sorry for not getting back sooner...

ok ive tried copy pasting other peoples smb.conf files, tried config from scratch with SWAT...but still no luck...

on my brothers windows xp box, when i try to access my fat32 partition (of my linux box), i get a "you do not have sufficient permissions to access this network resource. contact your systems admin"

ive even tried 'chmod -R 777' on mylinux box...but no luck..

but im still able to access my linux partition from the xp box
Old 08-25-2004, 01:43 PM   #15
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hi (to a fellow desi) there
as discused above did u try /mnt/d
instead of /d

do get some directory in /mnt
also which version of samba u r using


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