Hi Nick, I do indeed have user_allow_other in my fuse.conf. I recall I needed to add it to get my mount to work. Are you suggesting it could be problematic? Or were you just checking I have it? Presuming the later
So I think I'm close to cracking the case and I'm almost certain this is a permissions issue, but sadly I lack the knowledge to dig much further
So here's why I think its permissions based;
Firstly we know the mount works fine on it's own and has been functioning effectively for a long time, we can also say the same thing about Samba as I have multiple shares already working and I can add others without issue. I can even add a share with the same name as the mount, in the old location of the mount and that works fine, so it clearly something specific to the mount that samba is not happy about.
Secondly if I use external tools such as webmin's samba module I can quickly see anomalies such as the fact that within the directory where I have all my other working samba shares, the module shows every directory, except for the mount. If I use an sftp client I can see all of the directories, including the mount, but if I check ownership all of them bar the mount belong to root, the mount belongs to my main user.
So through a process of elimination I know that Samba is unable to detect folders owned by my user, I just don't know what I can do about it.