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On Wednesday 20 April 2005 00:20, Kevin wrote:
> I am so sick of these stupid bloody ownership rules!
> All I want to do is share a FAT32 drive over the local
> network and allow anyone to read/write it!
> I don't care or want to know about GIDs and UIDs or
> any IDs, just put the thing out there for everyone.
> Man this is annoying.  And I don't have time to read
> through pages of stupid blood man pages either!

The price one pays for security and stability, though, is complexity.  You 
can't get away from it.  And man pages are your friends.  And so is 

In my own setup, I have a directory full of music that both my wife and I have 
full access to.  The section in smb.conf looks like this:

path = /path/to/music
force group = crawford
read only = No
create mask = 0777
directory mask = 0777
guest ok = Yes
browseable = Yes

Mapping to this drive in Windows is a piece of cake.  Mounting it in Linux is 
a bit more complicated.  I have this line in my /etc/fstab file on my FC3 

//hagrid/path/to/music /home/richard/Music  smbfs  
uid=500,gid=504,fmask=777,password="xxxxxxxx" 0 0

uid in this line is the uid of my account on Hagrid, and gid is the gid of the 
group "crawford".  These values can be found by examining /etc/passwd 
and /etc/group on the host computer.

Of course, that's all assuming that the FAT32 filesystem you're trying to 
share lives on a Linux box.  If it lives on a Windows computer, then I have 
no idea.

Richard S. Crawford

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