Getting Started With Samba
The whole process described below consists of the following steps:
Installing Samba is pretty straightforward:
If you receive:
Nothing to be done An error ocurred, return value: 1.
Do the following:
All configuration data resides in /etc/samba/smb.conf. If you are good in Samba you might be able to edit the default file by yourself. If not you might want to start with the configuration file that is given in the last section. You can just move away the existing smb.conf file and replace it with the content as specified below.
The configuration file below assumes you want to share
Next you should create the directory
Users must be added to the smbpasswd file in order to get access to SMB shares, but only users that exist in your system file may be used by Samba (users are listed in
The corresponding samba user can now be created using
Also note that /var/lock needs to have its permissions changed to 0755, use the following command
Xinetd is needed to allow swat to run properly. Just run
NOTE: Swat is no longer available in ipkg, and it appears to be installed by default in Samba 3+ anyway. It doesn't just work out of the box. It may only need the xinetd edits below.
Especially if you are not familiar with configuring Samba you want to install swat. Swat is a web based interface to the myriad of Samba configuration parameters. Again
In order to launch swat you'll need to create a file called
After doing this you should restart xinetd with /etc/init.d/xinetd restart and then be able to surf to port 901 and get the swat web interface.
Sample Samba configuration file
NOTE: This is a Samba 2 config file. Won't work with Samba 3. See http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/Optware/Samba?from=Unslung.Samba
I found that I got a MUCH better transfer speed when I had the following settings in /etc/samba/smb.conf
socket options = TCP_NODELAY IPTOS_LOWDELAY SO_SNDBUF=65535 SO_RCVBUF=65535
There is something similar in the example file above, but its easily missed.
Transfer Speeds with Many Files in the Same Directory
(Well, not really transfer speeds, but file lookup speeds.)
If you have 100,000 files in a directory, Samba is very slow... and that's on a regular server. On the NSLU2, with its embedded processor, it can choke on as few as several thousand files in a directory.
There is a way to speed things up: turn off case sensitivity in Samba, and rename all your files to be upper- or lower-case. For instructions and more info, see http://www.samba.org/samba/docs/man/Samba-Guide/HA.html#id403899
(An advanced hack: if your program expects a file with a certain name, and can't find the equivalent upper- or lower-case file, just create a zero-size file with the expected name. For example, if your program is looking for "Info.plist" and you only have "info.plist", run a command like "touch Info.plist". Your program will see the zero-size file, try to access it, and Samba will give it the "real" file instead. The same trick works for directories; just create an empty directory instead of a zero-size file.)
For any Mac users storing Time Machine backups on their NSLU2, take notice! Time Machine images contain many thousands of small files. Before this trick, backups took hours and the Samba process was taking 95%+ of the CPU. After, backups take minutes and Samba uses closer to 35%.
I had a day of grief before getting samba working. My Windows XP box would see the samba share but be unable to connect to it, returning messages like "you don't have permission". I tried all kinds of smb.conf permutations. The culprit was the popular ZoneAlarm firewall software on the windows machine. Open up zonealarm, click on "firewall", then "add" your slug's IP address (usually 192.168.1.77) to the trusted zone. Voila, problem solved.
I’ve experienced that Windows (XP) refuses to connect to the samba server if your device name contains a “/”, in my case “Nslu2/Openslug”. If you have an unexplainable connection issue and Windows report “This parameter is incorrect”, try naming renaming your device. This can easily be done by using the ‘turnup init’ command. Don’t forget to ‘turnup preserve’ afterwards.
Sample Samba Domain Controller Configuration File
The following customisations to the above configuration file will set your Samba server up as an NT 4.0 Primary Domain Controller. Most home users will not need to do this, however if you want a Domain Controller then read on. The stuff you really need is the script mappings at the bottom, because adding and removing computers from the domain requires that Samba can add and delete user accounts in Linux. The default mappings provided in the example smb.conf file assume that you have the full user utilities - however, since OpenSlug uses BusyBox and TinyLogin, you don't get these unless you install them yourself. Note that the "delete user from group" script is inactive, because that task is not an available option in the aforementioned utilities in BusyBox and TinyLogin.
Also note that Windows XP SP2 clients can suffer a BSoD (Blue Screen of Death) every time you login if you configure Samba3 to use roaming profiles. The example shown ensures that there are no profile directories and no Home drives mapped. This configuration is known to stop XP SP2 systems from crashing.
You also need to map UNIX user accounts to SMB accounts, and map the usual Windows groups into UNIX groups.
Add SMB users
Assign an account to be the Domain Administrator
Don't worry if you get any errors with "records" from the above command. It should still work.
Create the UNIX group "ntadmins" and then map this (and other groups) to SMB groups.
Create your custom groups
File size >= 2G and remote smbfs mount
When mounting smbfs some linux distro by default does not include large file support, which limits files to less than 2 gigs. Using the lfs option will include large file support. Google "smbfs lfs option", since it seems to be missing from most documentation.
A better option is to use cifs, if it's supported by your kernel/distribution/version. When mounting cifs, large files are supported by default.
mount -t smbfs //server/share /mountpoint -o lfs other-options
mount -t cifs //server/share /mountpoint -o options
Fixing access denied (especially when connecting to smbd via Windows)
If you think you have set up everything correctly in
If all that works but connections from Windows fail: does "
No windows reboot needed, as far as I know. If all fails, try "
Errors accessing files with clients running linux kernel >=2.6.26
If you get errors like "
Apparently there's a bug in samba 3.0.23 that's triggered by kernels >= 2.6.26. For background information visit https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/samba/+bug/286828(approve sites).
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Based on work by Martin Thierer, colin gebhart, Smee Jenkins, Ken Pemberton, fcarolo, case, Soheil R, Mannkind, p, BrianZhou, Steffen, Didge, Basile S, Jim V, Sean, frankvh, thx1011, George Styles, and EdLuck.
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