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Old 11-22-2004, 11:35 PM   #1
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Samba Newbie

Ok, so totally newb to linux. I'm using Mandraken 10.1 and KDE(b/c I know nothing of the command line interface). Basically I'm just trying to replace windows and learn about linux some. Anyway, I have two more windows boxes on my home network, an XP and a 98. I've been told that Samba can connect to these so I can pull files off of them but I have absolutely no idea how to use Samba. Is there a tutorial somewhere online or can someone give me the run-down? I went the Configure Your Computer and Mount Points and used search for Servers but nothing happened. I know the network works fine b/c I can boot back into XP and it works great so I know there's no problem, just gotta get used to linux. Thanks in advance.
Old 11-23-2004, 12:20 AM   #2
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Grab a terminal window. Should be somewhere like "K->utilities->terminal(konsole)".

use the following commands

cd /mnt

mkdir somename

mount -t smbfs -o username=windowsuser //windowsmachine/sharename somename

somename should be some name that is meaningful to you.
windowsuser should be a username on the windows machine or "guest".

you should now see your windows share as a subdirectory of /mnt called somename.
Old 11-23-2004, 05:44 AM   #3
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Just verify that you have samba installed by issuing the following command:

# rpm -q samba
# rpm -qa |grep samba

If you don't have it then install the RPMs from the Cds.

After that, login with root permission and enter the following commands:
# /etc/init.d/smb start
# mkdir /mnt/junk
# mount -t smbfs -o username=windowsuser //windowsmachine/sharename somename

This would mount ur windows share.

For mounting Linux shares on Windows, you need to modify the /etc/samba/smb.conf file.
Read the smb.conf man page for details.

After you have added your share to the smb.conf file, run the following:
# testparm
Add a new samba user:
# smbpasswd -a username
This username should be an existing Linux username.

# /etc/init.d/smb restart

To view samba shares:
# smbclient -L localhost -U username

Now, in Windows open Start->Run and type the following:
Now you can access your linux shares.

All the best!!!!!!!!


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