SAMBA and Windows

Carlos Barros barros001 at
Wed Jan 24 14:37:34 GMT 2007

On 1/24/07, Derek Broughton <news at> wrote:
> Carlos Barros wrote:
> > Hi list!
> > I've spent last night trying to share a printer with my Windows XP, and
> > gave up. Well, the problem is: Windows ALWAYS ask for a password,
> As it should.  The simplest workaround is to make your Windows password
> the
> same as the Samba (smbpasswd) password.

Yes, but here we have another problem..  I  donnot have a password at
at least I didnt defined anything, as it logs in automaticaly.

> even to list the shares! And the worst, I had to manually sudo smbpasswd
> > user to set a password (is there a GUI way????).
> Not afaik.  I don't understand why Samba can't use regular pam routines
> and
> standard unix password methods.  Someone tried to explain it to me once,
> but it seems wrong.
> > Ok, here is my doubt:
> > Is it possible to make Windows access a share (and list available ones)
> > without a password?? I know Linux does this, but all you know, windows
> > is kinda stupid :)
> Linux doesn't do it any more than Windows does - I just expect you set the
> same password in smbpasswd as you specified in your personal network
> configuration.

But, if you do a smbclient -L localhost and hit enter when it asks for a
I get a share lists.. I cant do that in windows!

> With Windows you have to do the same - so either have the
> same password on both machines, or what I have done to allow my (XP) work
> machine to access my (linux) laptop is create a user (broughtond) on the
> laptop with the XP username, NO login access, and the same UID as my
> laptop
> user (derek).  Now add that user (broughtond) to the Samba user database
> with smbpasswd, setting the password to the same value used on the XP
> machine.  Now, nobody can actually log in to my machine with broughtond,
> but broughtond does have access to shares.
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> derek
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