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Old 08-10-2009, 10:55 AM   #1
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Sharing Files from an External Harddrive


I have a WDMyWorldBook External Drive, is there anyway that my Red Hat
desktop can share the files that's on it?
 
Old 08-10-2009, 11:44 AM   #2
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Hi,

Welcome to LQ!

A little more information? How do you have the external drive configured? Which filesystem(s)? What are the permissions on the filesystem(s) you wish to access. Do you have the '/etc/fstab' setup for your use? What did the support at RH have to say?
 
Old 08-10-2009, 11:48 AM   #3
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It looks like this device is already running linux, and samba, so I think you'll find it easy to use it with linux.

See here, here and here for a start ( http://www.google.com/linux is your friend )

Welcome to LQ.
 
Old 08-10-2009, 11:56 AM   #4
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It looks like this device is already running linux, and samba, so I think you'll find it easy to use it with linux.

See here, here and here for a start ( http://www.google.com/linux is your friend )

Welcome to LQ.
Excuse me?

How did you garnish that from the posted information? You are possibly assuming that things are configured properly because the OP has/uses RH?
 
Old 08-10-2009, 12:14 PM   #5
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Excuse me? How did you garnish that from the posted information?
Google
He's running RH (linux)
And from the wiki (link above) his WDMyWorldBook External Drive is also running linux.
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World Edition

The World Edition My Books function as Network-attached storage (NAS), by way of an ethernet interface. They also feature an extra USB host port to allow additional USB drives to be daisychained. It is accessed as a CIFS/SMB shared folder.
[SNIP]
Internals

This drive runs BusyBox on Linux on an Oxford Semiconductor 0XE800 ARM chip which has the ARM926EJ-S core. In addition it uses a Via Cicada Simpliphy vt6122 Gigabit ethernet chipset, and a Hynix 32 Mbit DDR Synchronous DRAM chip. The webserver is the mini_httpd server, although thought to be Lighttpd. The drives of the World Edition are xfs formatted, which means that the drive can be mounted as a standard drive from within Linux if removed from the casing and installed in a normal PC.

Extending capabilities

The device can be 'unlocked' and accessed via SSH terminal, meaning that the WD MioNet java-based software can be disabled so the device can be run with an unrestricted Linux OS,[9] at the cost of voiding the warranty.[10] The unlocking makes it possible to install other software on MyBook (i.e. run a different webserver or an ftp server (such as vsftpd) on it, use NFS for mounting shared directories natively from Unix, or even install a bitTorrent client such as rTorrent,[11] etc.)
So, I don't see any problem getting his PC and the external NAS HDD to talk to each other, even without the fun of resorting to hacks (see the other links) that might invalidate the warranty, but provide better functionality.

WD have posted the sourcecode somewhere, but I can't find it now (not looked too hard though).
 
Old 08-10-2009, 12:42 PM   #6
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Hi,

Thanks for the clarity.

The OP should have done the HW. I wasn't being smart just want to indicate the means to get the result. Worked out.
 
Old 08-10-2009, 12:54 PM   #7
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The OP should have done the HW.
I know, with no real information (or better, a few links like the ones I gave him) I'd normally click "Next Question Please" and move on, but he doesn't (yet) know better, he hasn't had the opportunity to read the links in your sig and I was bored ....
 
Old 08-10-2009, 03:20 PM   #8
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Hi,

Sometimes if we lead by example then other may learn. It's getting bad lately with posters too lazy to even look or search for possible answers. LQ and Google has knowledge available therefore with a little work most will find a solution or directions to lead to the solution of their problem by using search keys. Instead throw it out and maybe the hook will catch a big one while the OP sits waiting.
 
Old 08-10-2009, 05:48 PM   #9
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Warning: "Off topic" (But where is justplainolemac ?).

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Sometimes if we lead by example then other may learn. It's getting bad lately with posters too lazy to even look or search for possible answers.
I know.

I have noticed this too, and it is beginning to annoy me.

Sometimes I have posted terse, critical posts here on LQ. This really isn't my style, but when gentle hints are ignored I can, and do, get snappy.

Today I was determined to continue to be polite and forgiving and do my best to help, despite the LQ posters ignorance, laziness and rudeness.

I did some work and time-consuming research before I posted my reply at #3 (we cross-posted within minutes) in this thread before:
- I posted some relevant links
- I pointed the OP at http://www.google.com/linux (A gentle hint for a lesson to be learnt?)

You then jumped on me with "Excuse me? ...".

It's forgiven

I completely understand the point you are trying to make, we are just going at this from different directions.

For example, see here: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...19#post3638119
My "hint" was that this Q would be easily answered by a search engine.

The OP's reply in that thread isn't "Thanks. That helped me fix things up, now I understand a bit better how it all works" but:

"Right...Here's my next not-searched-for question".

So no reply from me to them, ever.

One has to to keep one's resources for those that most deserve or need them.

Feed the hungry? I don't have the money. Teach the hungry to fish? I'll try.

@justplainolemac
Bypassing the rants (it's sort of to be expected, sometimes) how are you getting on with your nice new piece of linux-compatible NAS storage?
 
Old 08-10-2009, 11:02 PM   #10
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Thanks for all of your input. I've googled for a few answers and looked at your links. I think I can figure it out from here. Thanks
 
Old 08-10-2009, 11:37 PM   #11
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Hi,
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Originally Posted by justplainolemac View Post
Thanks for all of your input. I've googled for a few answers and looked at your links. I think I can figure it out from here. Thanks
Glad to see you were able to get some answers.
Please forgive us for the rants. LQ has a lot of useful information and a great search engine. To bad more people don't learn to use it.

BTW, You as the OP can use the 'Thread tools' to mark the thread as [SOLVED].
 
  


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