Automatically sharing home directories

Will H. Backman whb at
Tue Oct 11 14:54:53 UTC 2005

Unix/Linux and Windows store passwords using different encryption.
Windows does not send the password to the server in a way that can be
used by the system password file.  You need to have a different password
file that understands what a Windows client sends across the network. 

-----Original Message-----
From: ubuntu-users-bounces at
[mailto:ubuntu-users-bounces at] On Behalf Of Tim Vaughan
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2005 10:51 AM
To: Ubuntu Help and User Discussions
Subject: Automatically sharing home directories

I've got Samba to share my home directory so that it's accessible to
Windows clients and is protected by a password, as per the ubuntuguide
advice.  However, I'd like to be able to create a new user (via the
GUI) and have that person's home directory shared automatically without
having to do the "sudo smbpasswd -a system_username" step manually each
time.  Is this possible?  Can I tell Samba to simply authenticate
against the normal login mechanism without having to store separate
system and samba password files?

Thanks in advance,


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