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This is ubuntu server 10.04 64 and samba 3.4.7

I have a shared directory /home/mit/share and another one /home/temp that I link into the shared one:

ln -s /home/temp /home/mit/share/temp

But on windows, after net use'ing I cannot open S:/temp, on linux it is possible to access /home/mit/share/temp like expected.

This works if I link directories inside /home/mit/share/temp, so I guess samba is restricting to jump with a link outside/above the shared directory. I thought I could override this restriction with

        follow symlinks = yes
        wide links = yes

This is my smb.conf:

        workgroup = W11
        security = SHARE
        passdb backend = smbpasswd:/etc/samba/smbpasswd
        unix password sync = no
        #username map = /etc/samba/user.map
        syslog = 0
        log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
        max log size = 1000
        dns proxy = No
        panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
        encrypt passwords = true
        invalid users = root
        hosts allow =

        comment = S
        follow symlinks = yes
        wide links = yes
        path = /home/mit/share
        valid users = mit
        read only = no
        create mask = 0660
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Can you try a hardlink instead of a symlink? –  Falmarri Jan 3 '11 at 3:54
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Greetings, I've tried putting this into configuration to fix symlinks for windows for my setup , but I am not sure if it will affect windows client, otherwise it follows symlinks when I connect to this box.

unix extensions = no
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Qiqi's answer agrees with this one: superuser.com/questions/128716/… –  Janus Jan 3 '11 at 4:49
Yes, this definitely fixes the issue in my environment. –  TML Jul 28 '11 at 16:49
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