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Thread: [Smaba] Unable to write to samba share

  1. #1
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    Sep 2019

    [Smaba] Unable to write to samba share


    Forgive me if this is the improper subforum to post this question. If so, would an admin kindly move it to the appropriate sub?

    I have configured a machine to act as a media server for all my Kodi enabled devices in my home. I have successfully configured a samba share that is readable from any device on my network, however I now need those devices to be able to write to certain directories in the share. for example, I have configured the server's fstab to mount the following..
    chris@manifesto:/mnt/storage$ ls -l
    total 172
    drwxrwxrwx 1 hts   video      0 Jun  5 18:56 Artwork
    drwxr-xr-x 1 chris chris  53248 Jun 19 17:17 backup
    drwxrwxr-x 1 hts   video   4096 Sep 15 13:30 DVR
    drwxrwxr-x 1 root  video 106496 Sep 10 18:53 Movies
    drwxrwxr-x 1 root  video   4096 Jun 20 19:00 Music
    drwxrwxr-x 1 root  video      0 Jun  5 18:03 Netflix
    drwxrwxr-x 1 root  video   4096 Sep 15 11:29 repos
    drwxrwxr-x 1 root  video   4096 Aug 27 09:38 TV

    In this example, I'm SSH'ed into the server and my username, chris, who is a member of the `video` group. When logged in via SSH, I can read and write to this volume, but when I access the share using SMB protocol, and attempt to write or delete data using the same credentials, I get a permission denied error. It is the same whether I login from Windows, Another Ubuntu Desktop, or an android device running Kodi. all are denied write access.

    Unfortunately, I'm using a drive that was formatted using NTFS and it contains more data than I can move in order to reformat it to EXT4, so in my fstab, I was forced to set `permissions` as a means of enforcing user/group policy, as you can see in the following fstab entry for the mount...


    UUID=F8428B2F428AF1A4 /mnt/storage ntfs permissions,locale=en_us.utf8 0 0
    if it helps, Here is my smb.conf file...

    workgroup = WORKGROUP
    server string = Samba Server %v
    netbios name = ubuntu
    security = user
    map to guest = bad user
    name resolve order = bcast host
    dns proxy = no
    bind interfaces only = yes
    inherit permissions = yes
    force user = kodi
    # add to the end
       path = /mnt/storage
       writable = yes
       available = yes
       guest ok = yes
       guest only = no
       read only = no
       create mode = 0775
       directory mode = 0775
       create mask = 0777
       directory mask = 0777
       force user = nobody
       browsable = yes
       locking = no
       strict locking = no

    If it matters, the user kodi is also a member of the video group. I get the same results with those credentials as well. Any advice would be appreciated.
    Last edited by livelyc; 4 Weeks Ago at 02:53 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2019

    Re: [Smaba] Unable to write to samba share

    This has been solved by removing the conflicting `force user` settings.


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