Map /home to samba share

Is there a way of doing this and is it undesirable in any way?
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JammyPakCommented:
I don't think I quite get what you want here...

a) you want to share your /home as a samba share?

or

b) you want to mount a remote share as /home?

the first option is fine, but obviously a big security risk

the second option is also fine, but will obviously be slower. you may want to use NFS rather than samba, but either would work
JammyPakCommented:
oh, as for the howto, for a) you just need to add a new share directive into the smb.conf. For b), you need to modify /etc/fstab so that the device /home is an smb or nfs mount.

You could also mount and empty /home from a local disk, and then use automount to connect the user's homedir when they try to access it.

both options are outlined here:
http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/linux/RHL-9-Manual/ref-guide/s1-nfs-client-config.html

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ITHELP25Commented:
mount -t smbfs //server/share /home
Try this if you want to use JammyPak's second example.  It sounds to me like that's what you want.

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JammyPakCommented:
but you'd have to run that after every reboot...using /etc/fstab will make it permanent

here's another link with the syntax to use for smb mounts in fstab...
http://www.justlinux.com/nhf/Filesystems/Mounting_smbfs_Shares_Permanently.html
CEHJAuthor Commented:
Yes, it's b) i'm thinking of. The reason i'm doing this is HD space is very scarce on that box. Just wondering, apart from the obvious overhead if there's any gotcha i've overlooked. Shall be back in about a week
CEHJAuthor Commented:
Thanks folks
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