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Old 09-06-2007, 10:06 PM   #1
JimmyBeam
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Exclamation PS3 YDL Linux and SWAT! I am so LOST!


I just installed Yellow Dog Linux 5.0 on my PS3, enabled wireless, have internet access and began trying to setup Samba. First time I have ever used Linux and have no idea how to start SWAT. I can start the Samba Server but without it configured of courese it's useless. I can see the samba server on my network but get an error saying there are duplicate user names which there clearly are not. Has to be due to not knowing how to configure Samba. There are no SWAT entries in the xinetd.conf file, but there are entris in the etc/samba.conf. I have searched the web a bit and looked at terrasoft.com where I got the YDL linux but cant figure out all the conflicting directions on getting SWAT up and running. Is there an EASY way? This is becoming more trouble than it's worth quickly!

I am trying to abandon Windows but this is way over my head I'm thinking.

Thanks in advance!!!!!!!
 
Old 09-07-2007, 07:52 AM   #2
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Hello,

I have never used Yellow Dog, just mainly Mandriva and SuSE. Nevertheless, SWAT is a way of configuring Samba from a GUI. Then you also will have to configure Samba, that uses a protocol to be able to communicate with other PCs that are running Linux and configured correctly, or are running Windows that are also configured.
But, Samba is just a part of making your network function. You will also have to configure your system to be able to access the network and for other computers to access yours. So you need to look for that information more directly related to your distribution.
Don't get discouraged. Work with what you have done so far, until you discover the steps to get it configured.
 
Old 09-14-2007, 01:35 PM   #3
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Exclamation Still Trying to make the PS3 my media center

I've managed to get the PS3 fully up and functioning. I can access my windows computers and the files. But I have no MP3 player or Movie player which will read movie files. I downloaded Realplayer10GOLD.bin but yum says it can't execute binary files and so does trying to load it as RPM. I also downloaded and new version of firefox and installed via Yum but have no idea where it went. The old browser is still the only one.

Ideas on that?
 
Old 09-14-2007, 03:23 PM   #4
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You're almost there.

First of all, swat is a separate RPM from samba- to use it, you first have to install it. Second, there are various media players you can also install, though VLC is perhaps the best choice on the PS3. Google "vlc ps3 yellow" for further instructions.

Remember, samba is for sharing files on the PS3 to your home network, smbmount (included in the samba packages- read the descriptions) is a command for making a windows share on your network available to the PS3.

Due to the crippled nature of the PS3 linux graphics, playing video from your home LAN on your PS3 is not very satisfying (at least for me.) Also, the files you share from the PS3 under linux will _not_ include saved games, etc. because they are stored in a different partition, inaccessible from linux.

My preferred solution is to leave the PS3 in native mode and configure a media server (I use MediaTomb) to serve streaming video to the PS3. The only complication is that the PS3 OS will only play mpeg2 and mpeg4 encoded media- meaning I have to convert my .avi files before I can watch them on my HDTV.
 
Old 09-15-2007, 01:41 PM   #5
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Lightbulb SWAT! Needs SWATED

I have SWAT installed. If I go to Add/Remove Programs and search, it is in the installed applications. However I cant actually find it in applications.

I can access the Windows network from the PS3 Linux just fine. Copy files etc... But I cant access the Linux from the XP Pro system. I get an error saying I dont have permission and an additional paragraph about duplicate names on the network which there clearly is not. Without getting SWAT up and running I'm kinda stuck. Tried editing the xinetd, ftab, etc but its a little over my head. Keep getting lost on what im supposed to add where. So I need the SWAT to RUN. I even wiped out the Linux YDL install and reloaded everything. Same result.

I downloaded Realplayer10GOLD.bin also but have no idea how to install it. Yum says it doesnt execute binary files.

But the good news is I can now play all of my MP3 converted CD's on the PS3 and watch MPEG4 converted movies from my external HD via the PS3. Just need to be able to copy direct to the External HD hooked to the PS3 but cant get through to Linux.

Last edited by JimmyBeam; 09-15-2007 at 01:42 PM.
 
Old 09-16-2007, 07:00 PM   #6
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I was able to install samba from the Yellow Dog repositories, including a samba-config rpm. I then found a gui configurator under the KDE start menu. I was able to set up a share, however, I too, was unable to "see" the PS3 as a windows share from another PC. The samba daemons were running, but I was unable to investigate further. Guess this is going to take more work than I first thought. ;-)
 
Old 09-16-2007, 08:48 PM   #7
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I then found a gui configurator under the KDE start menu.
I am using the Samba configurator if that is what your referring to, but I dont think that's SWAT is it?

As for network access at the moment it is one way. I can access the Windows network from the YDL PS3 and copy files to the Linux drive or to the separate 1 Terabyte USB drive (FAT32). I can see the Samba Server in my Network Neighborhood just can't access it. I've also discovered if I don,t open a Network window showing the Samba server from the Windows PC then I cant see my Windows PC from the PS3. (strange) Once I open the Network in the windows PC it appears on the YDL PS3 Network.

At this time I can copy / listen to MP3's in the PS3 interface under Music and watch movies I have converted to MPEG4. (HUGE) I'm using DVD Decrypter (www.dvddecrypter.com)- freeware - to decrypt the DVD then using Allok Video to PSP Converter ( www.alloksoft.com/pspconverter.htm )to convert to MPEG4.

Not being able to send the files directly to the USB drive on the PS3 puts an extra step in the process. I have to fire up YDL then pull them from the Windows PC to the USB drive.

It's a work in progress!
 
Old 09-17-2007, 06:37 AM   #8
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[QUOTE=JimmyBeam;2894114]I am using the Samba configurator if that is what your referring to, but I dont think that's SWAT is it?

Regarding the SWAT, it is a GUI for configuring your samba network. With SWAT installed you should be able to type localhost:901 (http://localhost:901/) into the address bar of the Konqueror and it will ask you for your user name, and you will put "root" (without the quotes), and then below it put in the password. Then go to Globals to see the settings, and after that go to Shares to configure your network to allow others to access your data. A key here is to keep the network simple at first to enable access, making sure that your Firewall isn't prohibiting some access.

You need to be careful with file permissions in your directories. Use Alt+Enter to see your properties, that they are giving your other computers access. Change them as you see appropriate. You may have to reboot for those changes to take effect.

Having samba-doc installed will help you to access any part of the configuration to understand it better.

I am not familiar with YellowDog, but in SuSE I can also access fileshare through Alt+F2 and [kcmshell 'fileshare'] (without the brackets). Then you can configure some aspects of your network also.

These access and change your smb.conf file, which is helpful at first to get to know the commands and what they do. Depending on your distribution, it might be at /etc/samba/smb.conf.

I hope this helps. Dave
 
Old 09-18-2007, 08:05 AM   #9
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Swat

No, I can't go to (http://localhost:901/). Never have been able to. I read a bit about the SWAT settings and tried to edit required files etc... At any rate I think I'm going to go with either open suse, or Kubuntu on the PS3. The YDL has been nothing but a pain from the start. I dont like its desktop environment either.
 
  


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