Craig White craigwhite at
Tue Apr 4 21:32:08 UTC 2006

On Tue, 2006-04-04 at 23:13 +0200, antonio montagnani wrote:
> 2006/4/4, Craig White <craigwhite at>:
> > On Tue, 2006-04-04 at 21:38 +0100, Anne Wilson wrote:
> > > On Tuesday 04 April 2006 21:11, Craig White wrote:
> >
> > > > ----
> > > > I thought I did in my first reply to this thread
> > > >
> > > > 1 - clarified 'security = share' as opposed to 'security = shares'
> > > > 2 - referred to man page which described all the possible uses of user
> > > > settings for login/permissions control for a 'security = share' setting.
> > > >
> > > Well, only they can say whether they thought that that message gave them the
> > > information they need.  Personally, I feel that giving 'all the possible
> > > uses' is less than helpful to someone coming fresh to a situation.  That, to
> > > my mind, comes once you have the basics under control.  One of the problems
> > > when you first start using samba is that there is just so much information,
> > > that finding the right bits for what you need feels overwhelming.  I think it
> > > is better to start with a minimalistic version with help from wherever you
> > > can get it, then go and read all the rest so that you can tweak it.
> > ----
> > I sort of thought that the man pages are the right bits to start with -
> > or that is what they are supposed to be. To paraphrase them with my
> > understanding would possibly do a disservice - especially considering
> > that some of the options might be exactly what the OP was looking for
> > but couldn't articulate.
> >
> > I did ask for follow up information just in case the information in the
> > man pages wasn't clear enough and even pointed out that when using
> > 'security = share', shares such as homes/profile/netlogon were not
> > relevant.
> >
> > I honestly don't know how I could have been more helpful in my first
> > reply which was my time 6:15 AM and I am GMT -7:00
> >
> > but specifically...
> >
> >
> >
> > Craig
> >
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> sorry for having started this thread...I find Samba not easy to set
> up, and iptables is running.
> Anyway, someone asked what I am trying to accomplish: I will explain
> and I hope to be clear, even I am not english-mother-tongue.
> In my opinion this is quite common especially in small offices/home networks.
> I have a network where some computers use Linux, some WinXP
> Professional, some Win Xp Home (It happens also some Mac)
> >From Linux machines, I can see any share on Win machines.This step is very easy
> Now I want that any logged user (i.e. John) may see his home folders
> on others machines where he can log as John (both Linux and Windows)
> and any user can see a common folder located on a particular machine.
> Now I will go through documentation and see what I can find.Tnx for
> help to anybody.
> And as the day has been very long, I will revert to you tomorrow morning
user homes shares simply won't work with 'security = share'
'security = user' requires users to be post in /etc/passwd and in samba
passdb (default would be tdb type file)

therefore, something like this...

useradd antonio      # creates the unix user
passwd antonio       # creates the password for this user
smbpasswd -a antonio # creates the samba user and sets the password

Note: this smb user must match the unix user or otherwise be mapped
in /etc/samba/smbusers (the one Anne told you to ditch).

If this user, password and workgroup match the username, password and
workgroup for the Windows user, login is automatic.

If this user, password and workgroup do not match the username and
password for the Windows user, the user is asked to login (username and
password) which must necessarily match that in the smbpasswd -a command.

I wish that it were simple and didn't require looking at the
documentation but unfortunately, Samba does require looking at the

I can tell you that there are tools such as "Webmin" which are capable
of simultaneous creating UNIX/Linux user and Samba user which can
simplify things but simplified doesn't mean not reading the

Samba documentation is excellent and is available first as man pages
(man smb.conf) and also at:

and I would suggest the 'Samba by Example' book as it sort of walks you
through many different scenarios of using samba.


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