Apache and samba - weird issue
We have a large number of pdf's (about 9 gigs worth) that need to be accessible via the web. Since all the systems here were already set up using samba, I mounted the samba share to our webserver and made a symlink to the mount dir within the web dir. This is working just fine... as long as you're using Internet Explorer. Firefox, chrome, and opera are all refusing to open the pdf's. It also fails on any images, but text and html seem to work fine from the samba share. Even stranger, downloading the link creates an un-usable file, again, with all but IE.
Any ideas on this at all guys? It's not a huge deal, just an annoyance.
Also, It's preferred not to just move all the files to the webserver. If it comes down to it, it's what we will do, but keeping these files on the scan station is what they want.
Probably not an issue with samba. Possible reasons: 1) You're using the wrong path seperator "" vs "/" 2) You're using some MS specifc HTML extension
I don't see where it can be a path issue. The samba mount is symlinked as the directory "scans" in the website's root - /var/www/html/website/scans . Anything from there on should just act like it's a static file on the webserver.
In IE, going to http://www.website.com/scans/scan.pdf loads perfectly. Doing the same in firefox, chrome, safari, opera, etc etc, the pdf just fails to load.
When the pdf is sitting on the webserver itself, and not the samba mount, everything works fine, regardless the browser. This makes me very certain it's not MS-specific code. The entire site is built in php, and our developer is majorly into web standards.
echo "HEAD /" | netcat 10.0.0.1 80... and ...
curl 10.0.0.1 | strings | head
Output of those?
# echo "HEAD /" | nc 127.0.0.1 80
<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML 2.0//EN">
<title>400 Bad Request</title>
<p>Your browser sent a request that this server could not understand.<br />
<address>Apache/2.2.8 (Fedora) Server at website.com Port 80</address>
# curl 127.0.0.1 | strings | head
% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current
Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed
100 419 100 419 0 0 264k 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 0
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
<title>Redirecting to Website</title>
Sorry, I posted that when tried. The headers for the PDF would've been more useful.
dhromed last edited by
Possible lead: IE doesn't make a HTTP request in the same way as other browsers.
For example, IE sends domain information, which means I don't have to log in for some of our local, non-public websites, while Firefox et al present a login dialog.
ammoQ last edited by
What do those unusable files look like? Open them with an editor, maybe those are server error HTML files that tell you what's wrong.
Indeed, this is what was happening. I failed to test it from an outside source when I first noticed the problem. Locally, IE was passinging network-share information, allowing it to to download the pdfs. From an outside PC, even IE got the same error as other browsers,
rsync script that copies the files to the webserver once a week. Does what we need, doesn't really hurt disk space too much, and gives us a good backup of all the pdf scans.
Thanks for everyone's input though. I'm still curious about sharing content lined from a mounted sambe share. It all seems to be in the permissions really, but being a windows networking dunce, I'll just have to keep digging.
Sometimes I think TRWTF is samba. Despite being fairly integrated into various GUIs, doing anything graphically tends to lead to wonky results - shares being "mounted" without being mounted, files allowing themselves to be edited by someone who doesn't have permission by changing the owner to that user... Weird stuff.
bctb107 last edited by
That's normal. I have even more running:
root@molly:~#ps -ax | grep smb
997 ?? Ss 0:09.05 /usr/local/sbin/nmbd -D -s /usr/local/etc/smb.conf
1001 ?? Is 0:03.52 /usr/local/sbin/smbd -D -s /usr/local/etc/smb.conf
1005 ?? Ss 0:01.29 /usr/local/sbin/winbindd -s /usr/local/etc/smb.conf
1042 ?? I 0:00.00 /usr/local/sbin/smbd -D -s /usr/local/etc/smb.conf
1065 ?? I 0:00.38 /usr/local/sbin/winbindd -s /usr/local/etc/smb.conf
1125 ?? I 0:00.04 /usr/local/sbin/winbindd -s /usr/local/etc/smb.conf
1126 ?? I 0:00.00 /usr/local/sbin/winbindd -s /usr/local/etc/smb.conf
76486 ?? I 0:01.40 /usr/local/sbin/smbd -D -s /usr/local/etc/smb.conf
85565 ?? I 0:43.19 /usr/local/sbin/smbd -D -s /usr/local/etc/smb.conf
82978 1 S+ 0:00.00 grep smb