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Re: [Samba] DOS Attributes with mixed xattr filesystem support

From: Jeremy Allison <jra_at_nospam>
Date: Fri May 14 2010 - 16:32:19 GMT
To: Jarrad Whitaker <>

On Thu, May 13, 2010 at 12:53:12AM +1000, Jarrad Whitaker wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm running Samba as a glorified NAS at the moment - to begin with, I
> have an ext3 storage partition, /storage. In this is a directory,
> /storage/Personal, which has its own Samba share (also Personal). At
> this point, dos attributes using filesystem xattrs work beautifully. The
> problem comes when I start to fiddle further...
> I have a Novell NetWare filesystem (ncpmount) mounted at
> /home/jarrad/novellmount - accessed from the system running the samba
> server, this works fine; however, the ncpmount filesystem does not
> support extended attributes. /home/jarrad/novellmount has a subdirectory
> /home/jarrad/novellmount/directory1.
> Now the fun: as soon as I make a symbolic link
> /storage/Personal/novelldirectory1 to point to
> /home/jarrad/novellmount/directory1, Samba stops emulating DOS
> attributes on my Personal share (at least as far as my Windows 7 client
> is concerned).
> Is there any way around this?

You can make the NetWare filesystem a separate share, and then
add the line:

vfs objects = xattr_tdb

to allow EA's to be emulated and stored in a tdb. This isn't a
common configuration so please let us know how it goes (i.e.
there may be bugs :-).

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