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Debian GNU/Linux Reference Guide
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3.5 Samba configuration


Setting up Samba with "share" mode is much easier since this creates WfW-type share drives. But it is preferable to set it up with "user" mode.

Samba can be configured through debconf or vi:

     # dpkg-reconfigure --priority=low samba # in Woody
     # vi /etc/samba/smb.conf

See my example scripts for details.

Adding a new user to the smbpasswd file can be done via smbpasswd:

     $ su -c "smbpasswd -a username"

Make sure to use encrypted passwords for optimum compatibility.

Set os level according to the following system equivalences (the larger the number, the higher the priority as server):

     0:      Samba with a loose attitude (will never become a master browser)
     1:      WfW 3.1, Win95, Win98, Win/Me?
     16:     Win NT WS 3.51
     17:     Win NT WS 4.0
     32:     Win NT SVR 3.51
     33:     Win NT SVR 4.0
     255:    Samba with mighty power

Make sure that users are members of the group owning the directory that gives shared access and that the directory path has its execution bit set to access.

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