Symlinks in samba and sshfs

When setting up sshfs mounts and Linux samba servers, one can make it so that symbolic links are followed (so they aren’t broken). For sshfs, add the follow_symlinks option. In /etc/fstab/, the entry would look something like

sshfs#USERNAME@SERVERNAME: /mnt/acer fuse fsname=sshfs#USERNAME@SERVERNAME:,comment=sshfs,noauto,users,exec,uid=1000,gid=1000,allow_other,reconnect,transform_symlinks,follow_symlinks,BatchMode=yes 0 0

For samba, add the following to either the [global] options or the individual location in /etc/samba/smb.conf:

follow symlinks = yes
wide symlinks = yes
unix extensions = no

Make sure samba is restarted and the sshfs mount point is re-mounted.

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  1. Note that with sshfs, the option “follow_symlinks” will make abolute symlinks work (they resolve on the server side), but they will not show up as symlinks anymore, which may be confusing/misleading, depending on the situation.

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