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Old 02-15-2010, 01:31 PM   #1
RJEdgar
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Sharing files and folders between Red Hat Fedora Core 2 and Windows XP


hello, complete Linux newbie here in need of help.

I am a student at the College of New Calidonia in Prince George BC, taking the Computer and Network Electronics Technician program. one of our classes is 'Novell Operating Systems', in which we are learning about Linux, using Red Hat Fedora Core 2.

our assignment is to get a shared folder between our workstation(Windows XP) and our lab computer(Red hat Fedora core 2), before our midterm next week, so we will know how to do our practical.

I have searched all over for an answer to how to do this, and have come up with pretty much no way to get this done.

so far, I have Samba installed on my linux machine, and have heard from classmates who got the assignment done that I need to edit a text file. I am not certian what they are talking about, and the teacher wants us to work independantly on this assignment, so I pretty much can't get help from my classmates. the only thing I am allowed to do is research on the internet, or post in forums (hooray for stumbling across this forum randomly)

can anyone help me with this?

P.S Please note that as of right now, I have a month and a half experience working with Linux so I am probably not the most well educated person in this field (Aka use small and easy to understand words plz :P)
 
Old 02-15-2010, 02:48 PM   #2
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Hi -

1. "Sharing a folder" between Linux and Windows is actually pretty simple, and Samba is exactly the right way to go.

SUGGESTIONS:
a) Your best bet is to find a fellow student (or teaching assistant) have them them simply *show* you.

b) Failing that, please describe in as much detail as possible:
- What you've tried so far
- Where you got stuck

We'd be happy to help ... but I honestly think five minutes of "face time" with one of your peers and a real PC is the best way to go!

2. "Editing a text file" is absolutely the equivalent of running "notepad" on Windows. Nothing more.

Q: Did your class assignment suggest *which* editor to use, or which file to "edit"?

SUGGESTIONS:
a) Edit some text file locally. You can create a new file, if you wish (e.g. "tmp.txt").

b) Once you've done it with a local file ... you just do the same thing with the shared file.

c) Again, your best bet is to get somebody to *show* you.
But again, if that's not possible/not practical, please tell us (in as much detail as possible):
- What you've tried so far
- Where you got stuck

'Hope that helps .. PSM

Last edited by paulsm4; 02-15-2010 at 02:49 PM.
 
Old 02-15-2010, 02:53 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by RJEdgar View Post
hello, complete Linux newbie here in need of help.

I am a student at the College of New Calidonia in Prince George BC, taking the Computer and Network Electronics Technician program. one of our classes is 'Novell Operating Systems', in which we are learning about Linux, using Red Hat Fedora Core 2.

our assignment is to get a shared folder between our workstation(Windows XP) and our lab computer(Red hat Fedora core 2), before our midterm next week, so we will know how to do our practical.

I have searched all over for an answer to how to do this, and have come up with pretty much no way to get this done.

so far, I have Samba installed on my linux machine, and have heard from classmates who got the assignment done that I need to edit a text file. I am not certian what they are talking about, and the teacher wants us to work independantly on this assignment, so I pretty much can't get help from my classmates. the only thing I am allowed to do is research on the internet, or post in forums (hooray for stumbling across this forum randomly)

can anyone help me with this?

P.S Please note that as of right now, I have a month and a half experience working with Linux so I am probably not the most well educated person in this field (Aka use small and easy to understand words plz :P)
Are you saying that you need to connect to a share on a windows xp machine are do you need to connect to a share on your linux server. If you are trying to connect from windows to a linux share then you will need to do the following;

edit your /etc/samba/smb.conf
Code:
[ShareName]
path = /path/to/share
comment = My Windows Share
writable = yes
browesable = yes
guest ok = yes
valid users = root, <your user here>
write list = root, <your user here>
now you need to create a samba users. Best to make it a user that is on your windows box. Lets say you took the default user account.

Code:
sudo smbpasswd -a user
then enter the password for that user. now you may need to restart samba /etc/init.d/samba restart for the settings to take effect.
 
  


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