Introduction :

Sharing files over the network is something like an obligation nowadays. I personnally don’t like Windows, so I won’t speak about this side. I prefer the dark side : linux, especially ubuntu (here 12.04LTS). Anyway, samba is samba, so it should work with every linux distrib. As we speak about computering @home, we will stay in a VERY SIMPLE config. So, we have for this example :

– One machine running IcAros 1.5.2-2

– One machine running Ubuntu 12.04LTS

– let’s assume the ubuntu samba server is called “HADES”,

– in a WORKGROUP¬† called “PHLEGETON”,

– with the IP adress, let’s assume it is “192.168.173“. Ofcourse, you must change this to fit your ones.

– let’s assume the path to share is “/media/data”

– let’s assume the share name will be “styx”

We also have a local user. Let’s assume it is “jess”.

Installation :

sudo apt-get install samba

Configure SAMBA :

Samba file config is /etc/samba/smb.conf sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf Here are the parameters that have to be configured, and how. workgroup = PHELGETON interfaces = eth0:0 security = user encrypt passwords = true passdb backend = tdbsam obey pam restrictions = yes unix password sync = no create mask = 0775 directory mask = 0775 usershare allow guests = no Personnally, I also commented all the printers stuffs that aren’t needed. At the end of the file, you should declare your share : [styx] comment = What you wish to see there public = no read only = no write list = jess locking = no path = /media/data valid users = jess guest ok = no hide files = /lost+found/ Here is my /etc/smb.conf file

Declare the SAMBA user :

créer un mdp pour votre utilisateur : sudo smbpasswd -a jess jess@hades:~$ sudo smbpasswd -a jess [sudo] password for jess: New SMB password: Retype new SMB password: Added user jess. Restart SAMBA restart samba : sudo service smbd restart jess@hades:~$ sudo service smbd restart smbd stop/waiting smbd start/running, process 4224 On Ubuntu 12.04LTS, SAMBA is automatically added to system startup by the install script.

Configure mounted share on IcAros :

Open Prefs/Networking interface in local host entries, add HADES and the IP of the host in mounted shares, create a new “SMB/CIFS” mount : with host = HADES domain = PHLEGETON Share = styx username / password : your user credentials... save and see your share appearing on your Wanderer, also usable via DOpus.

Some questions :

Why don’t you use a guest allowed share ?

I personnally had issues using simple guest ok SAMBA shares configurations, with “error 200 object is in use” each time I wanted to write to the share. The way described here is the most stable I know.

Can I do that with Windows :

Yes, until Windows XP, shares are OK under windows, since Vista/7, the new SMB protocols used by windows make buggy communication between AROS and Windows. Prefer FTP protocol.

Usefull ressources : the official doc for samba on ubuntu a thread on aros-exec regarding to file sharing between Windows and AROS