Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 507
Samba fails to install
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:48 EDT
This is more annoying than anything else: a bug in the more
general sense of the word.
The samba RPM tries to create a home directory /home/samba.
On my work computer, directories under /home are automounted
from an NFS server. An attempt to create a directory under
/home fails, causing the installation of samba to fail.
/home/samba contains no files, and is only referenced in the
configuration file /etc/smb.conf as a possible location for
public files. This section of the configuration file is
`commented out' by default.
Stop the automounter, install samba, delete directory
/home/samba and start up the automounter again.
1. Should an RPM write to /home? This would assume /home is
local, which may not be the case.
2. Is /home/samba the correct place for a collection of
public files? How about /var/lib/samba or
This is sometimes a problem with installing the apache, ftp, and samba
packages on a running network. Several options are
1. Like you said, unmount /home, install, and remount /home.
2. create a /etc/rpmrc file and add line
This should allow the package to continue to install despite /home
3. Divide users into groups and have home divided into these groups.
Then only mount he specific group home directories on machines. This
leaves /home open to do whatever on a machine to machine basis.
Number 2 is a good choice and you should see if that works for you.