I'm having trouble accessing some files over a samba share. Here's my setup:

  • I have shared /shared as Shared
  • I have a user with the same name and pwd as my Linux user in my Windows machine
  • I made that user a member of the debian-transmission group
  • There's a symlink called /shared/Downloads/Torrents that points to /var/lib/transmission-daemon/downloads
  • That folder is owned by debian-transmission:debian-transmission and its permissions are 4775 (as created by the package)

I need to be able to read and move files from/to /shared/Downloads/Torrents from my Windows box.

Right now, I'm able to do that locally, but I get an access denied error when trying to read the Downloads folder.


3 Answers 3


From a comment on the previous answer from user charlesbridge (and from the smb.conf docs/manpages), accessing links outside of the share root requires enabling the wide links parameter, which requires both follow symlinks = yes and unix extensions = no. You must ensure your smb.conf has the following settings (explicitly or implicitly):

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

Have you enabled wide symlinks in the configuration for your share in smb.conf?

follow symlinks=yes
wide links = yes

Wide links at least is off by default as it might be exploited.

  • I have not, but it's the default according to samba.org/samba/docs/using_samba/ch08.html#samba2-CHP-8-TABLE-1. I have no problems accessing directories for which I'm the owner over symlinks (just tried) Apr 14, 2011 at 14:08
  • What you need is wide links as well. I have updated the answer.
    – Egil
    Apr 14, 2011 at 14:15
  • @Egil: it hasn't fixed the problem, but you are on to something, as I created a link to /home/myuser and I can't access it either. Still, isn't "yes" the default for wide links too? Apr 14, 2011 at 14:35
  • It was set to off by default following the post I linked to above (February 2010).
    – Egil
    Apr 14, 2011 at 14:43
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    You may also need "unix extensions = no" in your [Global] Apr 14, 2011 at 18:39

For newer versions of Ubuntu and Samba, this will help:

allow insecure wide links = yes

wide links = yes

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