I am using samba under ubuntu 14.04 and I try to share a folder which includes a symlink to a directory that lies on an external drive. If I access the samba share from other devices (like android phone or windows PC) it does not show the symlink - everything else works fine. I found multiple solution suggestions but nothing worked. Currently I added the following lines in the global section before I restarted samba:

follow symlinks = yes
unix extensions = no
wide links = yes
allow insecure wide links = yes

However it does not change anything. I am aware of the security risks, but in this case it is no problem. Can anyone help here?

  • Could it be SELinux interfering? Try "grep smbd /var/log/audit/audit.log" or "sealert" to check. I believe there are SELinux boolean settings to have certain daemons follow symlinks above and beyond the program's own restrictions. Jun 6, 2015 at 1:28
  • I did not install or enable SELinux so I think it should not be active after installing standard ubuntu 14.04, right? I can check the logs later though, just to make sure.
    – valenterry
    Jun 6, 2015 at 2:05

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Interestingly it worked after I rebooted the machine. Stopping samba (I checked it - didn't get a connection anymore) and starting it again doesn't seem to apply the changes. Do I miss something here, is this expected behaviour? Im glad though that it works now.

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