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I have just set up Samba on a CentOS 5 machine. It works OK, but I would like to configure it so that users can connect to Samba shares without the need to provide a user name and password. I have googled for a smb.conf reference but documentation seems to be quite scattered and not comprehensive. Can somebody explain how to achieve this? Many thanks.

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I'm using


security = share

in smb.conf.

This seems to be enough for passwordless access. The computers belong to the same workgroup, but I don't know if this is a mandatory requirement.

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Thanks. That works! – CesarGon Dec 8 '09 at 14:42

Example of smb.conf for anonymous access:

#======================= Global Settings

   workgroup = WORKGROUP
   netbios name = Encre
   security = user
   hosts allow =
   hosts deny =
   log file = /var/log/samba/%m
   max log size = 50
   socket options = TCP_NODELAY

#============================ Share Definitions

   comment = Home Directories
   browseable = no
   writable = yes

   comment = other!
   path = /home/otheruser/share
   force user = otheruser
   force group = otherusergroup
   read only = No
   guest ok = Yes

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I hope the "porn" bit is optional! – CesarGon Dec 8 '09 at 14:46

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