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Fixing the SMB Symlink problem with Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

by on Nov.19, 2007, under Technology

I have a number of samba shares on a Sun Solaris machine which we wish to access from a Mac running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard. Within these shares I often have a number of symbolic links in the unix filesystem pointing to various files and directories. In Tiger everything worked just fine. But in Leopard it tries to translate these links (aliases) to the local filesystem, which of course results in the links being dead.

The problem is that Leopard’s SMB/CIFS supports the Unix Extensions, which include support for server-side symbolic links.

I havn’t yet found a solution which could fix this at the client end however adding:

unix extensions = no

to the servers smb.conf file disables these unix extensions and returns the overall functionality back to how it was with Tiger.

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