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Old 01-24-2014, 01:28 PM   #1
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Question Retaining "Shares" on additional HDDs


I am running ZORIN 7.1 O.S. on an older system (Socket 939) and it runs great!
I have had some Linux experience running MINT on my newer rigs, which also run fine.
My question is regarding "sharing" files/drives and *retaining* those same "Shares".

I have two additional HDDs besides the O.S. drive being "auto mounted" on start-up to my Zorin O.S. drive`s desktop via the provided "Disks" utility, using the "Edit Mount Options" options box to accomplish this.
I can consistently start-up or re-boot, and these two additional HDDs will appear and be mounted on my Zorin Desktop. From here, I am able to successfully create "Shares" on either of these two mounted HDDs.

However, when I reboot or start-up from scratch, these two HDDs return mounted as expected, but WITHOUT the previously created "Shares"!
I have to create yet again each and every time any "Shares" that I desire to have *permanently* assigned to each HDD!

Can anyone here help this newbie out with some experienced solutions or insight?

Old 01-24-2014, 02:02 PM   #2
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stop using the GUI to manage your shares and manually create NFS exports or SAMBA shares via the command line.

also you state the 2 additional drives are "auto mounted" does that mean they are external USB drives? if so that is never a good idea for sharing via a LAN as just like in any OS their drive letters can and will change.

think of it like this in MS Windows land. you plug in the drive today and it is labeled E:\, but tomorrow you plug it in and all of the sudden its now F:\ not the same device, therefor the shares fail. my guess, and thats all it is without touching your system, is that is what is going on.

in addition to them being USB drives you would want to create fstab entries for them to NOT be mounted by the GUI, but by the kernel itself using the uuid of the devices. from what i understand even USB devices do not change their uuid's unless you change the formatting and partition tables of them. so for shares that would be a much better solution.
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Thanks lleb for your reply.

NO the aforementioned "additional Drives" are NOT USB external drives! They are conventional internal Hard Drives both of which happen to be formatted as NTFS.
The "Disks" utility GUI allowed me to have these two internal Hard Drives become Auto mounted at start-up!

My questions to you (without being sarcastic) are:

Why is there a "Disks" utility GUI provided if a (newbie) person should not take advantage of it?

Also: Are you saying that my inability to "retain" any created "Shares" is due to the fact that I used the "Disks" GUI instead of using the command line?

Thanks lleb for anymore insight into my (newbie) problem!

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Old 01-26-2014, 02:48 PM   #4
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to me it sounds like the shares created by your GUI are temporary and not created for retention, thus my direction to use the CLI and SAMBA as these are both NTFS and you will need to mount them as such and then share them, im guessing, with other MS Windows computers.

Ideally you will NEVER use NTFS inside of a Linux system, they are not native and can lead to corruption of data.

the GUI tools while they have come a long way, some distros further then others, are not up to par with the CLI tools yet. Think on the history of Linux, what came first and is still in use on servers today? yes that would be the CLI tools, the GUI tools are just front end managers of the CLI tools.

Again I would add their info to the /etc/fstab using UUID (google that) and to share them manually create the SAMBA shares and the samba users for your other computers to access that data.

if you do not need to share them across your LAN< then format them either ext2,3, 4 and use a native Linux file system instead of the broken MS Windows file system.
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