I'm trying to setup 2 samba shares (actual Linux permissions on them are 777):

  1. Volume_1 (cifs username is firstUser)
  2. Volume_1/someSubDir (cifs username is secondUser)

I get this error when second user tries to access Volume_1/someSubDir:

mount error(13): Permission denied

Is this how samba supposed to work?

Does secondUser username has to be added to Volume_1 access list also?

Is there a way to give all users access to Volume_1 and restrict access to Volume_1/someSubDir?


sudo mount -t cifs -o username=firstUser,password=firstUserPassword,_netdev,noatime // /media/Volume_1


sudo mount -t cifs -o username=secondUser,password=secondUserPassword,_netdev,noatime // /media/someSubDir

Samba share names are not related to the shared directory's path, and they always are a single path component.

When you mount //server/Volume_1/someSubDir, the share name is Volume_1, and /someSubDir is merely a subdirectory in that share.

If you want to use different permissions for someSubDir, you will have to pick a different share name, for example, "Volume_1 subdir".

  • "they always are a single path component." - Perfect. Thank you. That did it. – Stann Aug 15 '11 at 8:10

Did you use smbpasswd to set the Samba password for those users?

  • well.; I did it through the web interface, but I think it uses smbpasswd anyway. smbpasswd file contains hashes for both users. – Stann Aug 15 '11 at 7:53

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