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I am running a Samba Server (Version 3.5.6). The file sharing is OK until I realize that Samba changes file ownership when another user (not the original owner) edit the file and saves it. This is particularly true, if I have set admin users parameter to administrate the share.

The strange thing is only the file ownership get changed but 'directory ownership' remain unchanged (which is desirable) :)

Options like force user and force group are not going to work here because, sharing directory have a different sub-directories that belong to many users.

Configuration for the share looks like this


    comment = "Staff members only"
    path = /path/to/staff
    browseable = yes
    valid users = @staff, @managers, @moderators
    write list = @staff, @managers
    create mask = 0640
    directory mask = 0750
    admin users = @moderators`

As you can see, members in above-mentioned groups are allowed to read others data but only members of @moderators can do changes to file & directories.

Problem arises when a member of @moderators modifies a file (not a directory) that belong to another user (belong to @staff or @managers), the ownership of that edited file changes to root!!! which is totally undesirable.

I want to preserve the ownership of the file to its original creator even after a member of @moderators modifies it. How Do I Achieve This???

Thank you in advanced.

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Do not use "admin users" for the file modifications, because members of this setting operate as root on the filesystem. Quoting from smb.conf man page:

admin users (S) This is a list of users who will be granted administrative privileges on the share. This means that they will do all file operations as the super-user (root). You should use this option very carefully, as any user in this list will be able to do anything they like on the share, irrespective of file permissions.

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I know that fact but why Samba change owner of a file to "root"? That was my problem! – nobody Jan 17 '12 at 15:31
I observed the file ownership changing when a certain user has write permissions in a directory but the file itself is not writeable by the group. Looking at your create and directory mask I would guess this is the case. Try to give the group write permissions on the files and make the directory sticky and set-gid (+t +s). Still I don't recommend using the "admin users" group for working with the files. – oddfellow Jan 21 '12 at 10:50

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