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chix4mat
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 4:30 am    Post subject: [Solved] Can't write to certain Samba shares Reply with quote

Hi all:

I have a couple of Samba shares that I'm unable to write to. One is for my Linux desktop; the other is for a NAS folder (I'm mapping a preexisting network share).

Code:
drwxr-xr-x 27 rwilliams rwilliams 4096 Apr  9 22:04 rwilliams
drwxrwxrwx 1 root      root        8192 Apr  9 19:37 emulation-torrents
drwxr-xr-x 2 rwilliams root           0 Apr  9 18:19 nas-torrents
drwxrwxrwx 1 root      root        8192 Apr  8 16:48 windows

The reason I am mapping a preexisting network share through Samba is so that I can map it inside of a Windows virtual machine guest - it helps me keep the exact same drive letters between non-native and native Windows. It's a strange setup, but I still think it should work. Here's the Samba configuration:

Code:
[Linux Desktop] #ext4
path = /home/rwilliams/Desktop
public = yes
guest ok = yes
writable = yes

[Emulation Torrents] #ntfs *
path = /mnt/emulation-torrents
public = yes
guest ok = yes
writable = yes

[Torrents] #NAS share
path = /mnt/nas-torrents
public = yes
guest ok = yes
writable = yes

[Windows] #ntfs *
path = /mnt/windows/Users/Rob/AppData/Roaming/uTorrent
public = yes
guest ok = yes
writable = yes

The shares marked with an * are writable.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks much!
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you're connecting with user 'rwilliams' try setting 'force user = root' and 'force group = root' for r/w to the directories owned by root.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 13, 2014 6:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

beandog wrote:
If you're connecting with user 'rwilliams' try setting 'force user = root' and 'force group = root' for r/w to the directories owned by root.


That worked beautifully; thanks a ton! I'm not sure forcing a user is the "right way", but given I don't want to require a login and password, this is perfect.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

chix4mat wrote:
beandog wrote:
If you're connecting with user 'rwilliams' try setting 'force user = root' and 'force group = root' for r/w to the directories owned by root.


That worked beautifully; thanks a ton! I'm not sure forcing a user is the "right way", but given I don't want to require a login and password, this is perfect.


Well, you're just forcing it to read/write as the same user that the directories you mentioned are owned by.

However, it's a nice feature that Samba has, and in many cases, makes file sharing between groups easy if you have a similar situation -- filesystem permissions are for one user, Samba users are another. :)
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