Permissions problems are being a huge PIMA

gene heskett gheskett at
Mon Jan 31 22:15:30 UTC 2011

On Monday, January 31, 2011 04:57:56 pm Steve Morris did opine:

> On 01/02/11 06:19, gene heskett wrote:
> > On Monday, January 31, 2011 02:18:25 pm Tom H did opine:
> >> On Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 10:46 AM, gene heskett <gheskett at> 
> >>> I do the 99.999999999% of my email activities from a nice comfy
> >>> chair, in a nice comfy heated house.
> >>> 
> >>> The machine in the shop runs 24/7 though, so it is 'mounted' as a
> >>> cifs share, and this is where the PIMA starts.
> >>> 
> >>> Because the *buntu's start their user number schemes at 1000,
> >>> whereas the rest of the known universe starts at 500, even though I
> >>> am the user gene on both boxes, I have no write perms via cifs in
> >>> the /home/gene tree on the milling machines kubuntu install.
> >>> 
> >>> So that I can save a useful bit of rs-274 nc code directly from an
> >>> email received on this machine, directly to the
> >>> /home/gene/emc/nc_files directory on that *buntu box in the shop,
> >>> what then is the std procedure to establish that the user gene=500
> >>> on this box, is the user gene=1000 on that box?
> >> 
> >> The "UID_MIN 1000" setting is a Debianism that you can modify in
> >> "/etc/login.defs".
> > 
> > As that is set at install time, from read-only media, that doesn't
> > sound practical to do now.
> > 
> >> If you're using samba, you can use the "username map" smb.conf option
> >> with /path/to/file/
> Hi Gene, if you are going down this path you may want to look at
> installing Webmin, which is a browser based system configuration tool. I
> haven't looked at this for a while but earlier versions provided an
> interface to build this mapping for you, with the main intent of
> translating from windows usernames to linux usernames, but the same
> concept applies here.
> regards,
> Steve
> > Now this I'll have to look up, thank you!

Looked it over after installing 1.490 on this box, but don't see anything 
cifs/samba related, and its attempt to update after calling home wasn't 
successful, dns lookup failure.

I'd assume that where I need to be running it is on the shop box, right?  
This was on this box after installing it.  Trying it pointed at the 
shop.coyote.den:10000 address would seem to indicate webmin is not 
installed on that machine.  And, synaptic cannot find that package, do the 
buntu's call it something else?

Thanks Steve.

Cheers, Gene
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