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Old 08-11-2013, 11:24 AM   #1
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Sharing Linux Mint 15 files with Windows 7


Just starting to dive in to the Linux world after years of Windows from DOS on up. Does anyone know an 'easy' way to configure Linux Mint 15 to share folders with Windows 7. My Linux machine can see the folders on my win7 but the win7 does not even see my Linux machine. I "think" I have samba installed but am having trouble with getting a clear explanation of how to configure sharing. Still working on getting a grasp on command lines in terminal. I have found numerous answers to this question but they are all 'clear as mud'.
 
Old 08-11-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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Just starting to dive in to the Linux world after years of Windows from DOS on up. Does anyone know an 'easy' way to configure Linux Mint 15 to share folders with Windows 7. My Linux machine can see the folders on my win7 but the win7 does not even see my Linux machine. I "think" I have samba installed but am having trouble with getting a clear explanation of how to configure sharing. Still working on getting a grasp on command lines in terminal. I have found numerous answers to this question but they are all 'clear as mud'.
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:48 AM   #3
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Two ways come to mind immediately -

1. Make a separate partition with NTFS filesystem type and use that as the common data folder. This partition can be automounted in Linux Mint by adding the relevant details in /etc/fstab. This partition will, of course, be accessible under Windows.

2. This is something I would be comfortable in using. But here it is - You can install Ext2Read and use this software to access the files under the linux partition. It supports EXT4 as well and you can read and write files from your linux partitions.

The second scheme is easier but the first scheme, in my opinion, is more robust.

Hope that helps.
 
Old 08-11-2013, 12:20 PM   #4
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Two ways come to mind immediately -

1. Make a separate partition with NTFS filesystem type and use that as the common data folder. This partition can be automounted in Linux Mint by adding the relevant details in /etc/fstab. This partition will, of course, be accessible under Windows.

2. This is something I would be comfortable in using. But here it is - You can install Ext2Read and use this software to access the files under the linux partition. It supports EXT4 as well and you can read and write files from your linux partitions.

The second scheme is easier but the first scheme, in my opinion, is more robust.

Hope that helps.
Not sure if I'm doing this reply correctly so I hope it flies. The first way seems to be a feasible way for what I need. I have WINE installed and it apparently has a file system set up for NTFS files. Could I just use that or would a separate partition be necessary? And I still have to get the win7 machine to 'see' the Linux OS which I assume would something I would have to configure Samba for?
 
Old 08-11-2013, 12:26 PM   #5
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Oh, and one other thing on this. I also have win7 on the Linux machine in a small partition that was on the machine when I installed Mint and my other win7 machines still can't see the Linux machine. I can access everything on my network with the Linux but my win7 and xp machines are blind to the Linux.
 
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Both the ways I mentioned are for a dual boot system as you have mentioned in post #5. For network shares, yes can use samba as you mentioned. It would be helpful if you provide more information on what is actually not working.

Have you seen this before for SAMBA? - http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/672
 
Old 08-11-2013, 12:58 PM   #7
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To be quite honest I think the thing that is not working is my brain as far as samba is concerned. I just haven't been able to grasp the gist of how to work with it yet so I will definitely refer to the tutorial you mentioned. I think once I can embrace samba I will probably have answered my own question. I've been playing with a couple of options and I seem to always be redirected back to the samba configuration. I eventually want to repartition my Linux machine to do away with the win7 and dedicate it to Linux. The win7 installation was an illegal copy installed by the previous owner and I took the opportunity to jump into playing with Linux which I'm finding out I really like so far. Just have to overcome my latent fear of working with command lines again. Appreciate the help and will keep playing with it until I figure out which way is best for what I want to do.
 
Old 08-11-2013, 10:15 PM   #8
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Samba is the way to go.

The most helpful Samba reference I have found is Samba by Example.

If you want the Linux box to be able to see files on the Windows box, do not use that Windows homegroup thingee. It works only with other Windows computers. Just use simple Windows file sharing instead.
 
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Old 08-11-2013, 11:33 PM   #9
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Yes, I've pretty much determined the windows home group thingee ain't gonna cut it. I can see my windows files with linux but I can't see my linux in windows. I'm sure the Samba file sharing configuration is the most feasible way to go but need to do some research to grasp the concepts of the program. I'll get it worked out eventually but I'm just playing around with linux at the present time getting my feet wet. I almost feel like I've taken a step back in time to the 80's and have to teach myself DOS all over again. A little intimidating but exciting at the same time.
 
Old 08-13-2013, 08:50 PM   #10
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The first time I set up samba, it took me about three weeks. I was using Slackware 10.x, so there were no quick buttons to push, so I had to learn how to do it myself (thank you, Slackware--you're a darn good teacher). Eventually, after struggling with the two-volume Samba v. 3 manual, I found Samba by Example. Along about page 20, I found a configuration that looked like what I wanted and modified it to fit my system.

In order to share files from your Mint machine, you have to have the samba server installed and running. Some distros, and I think Mint is one of them, install the samba client by default, but not the Samba server.

You can check whether it's running like this:

Code:
$ ps -A | grep smbd
 3592 ?        00:00:07 smbd
 3616 ?        00:00:00 smbd
If "smbd" is not returned, the samba server is not running. Then you can check the Mint software center to see whether it's installed (I think that, if it's installed, Mint sets it to autorun).

Good luck.

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Old 08-14-2013, 06:20 PM   #11
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Yep, got the smbd 'and' installed the easy-samba-configuration utility. Went through step by step to set everything up and still not seeing my Linux in windows. I glanced through the samba by example pages but haven't had the time to dig in and study it. Everything is wide open coming from the other direction but my win7 is still blind. I know it's just a minor error on my part somewhere in the configuration and still playing with it when I have the time between other projects. I keep thinking it has something to do with the IP address but I do not see any options to check that in the easy-samba-config. I appreciate the suggestion.
 
Old 08-15-2013, 01:49 PM   #12
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In playing around with this today I discovered that even though my winxp and win7 boxes can't 'see' my Linux box I have total sight from my Linux into the windows boxes. I can mount files from any of my windows systems onto Linux and have complete control over anything in them. But none of my windows boxes can see the Linux. It has to be an issue of sharing the Linux box that I'm just not seeing.
 
Old 08-15-2013, 02:58 PM   #13
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Make sure that if a firewall is running on the Mint box it allows SMB traffic.
Make sure the workgroup name is the same for all computers.
Make sure the samba server is actually running i.e smbd and nmbd daemons.

To see your shares on the Mint box you can use this command:
smbclient -L localhost (you can just press enter when it asks for a password)

To see llinux shares on the windows box via the command box:
net view \\IP_address
 
  


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