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  1. #1
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    Mandriva 2008: Configure samba file sharing using GUI?

    I'd like to find out how to set up Samba for file sharing between 2 computers in my home using the GUI tools provided by Mandriva 2008. I see several posts showing various howtos and fixes but all involve using the command line or manually editing files.

    If Mandriva 2008 provides graphical tools, then it should be possible to set up Samba file sharing with those tools, no?

    Both computers are running Mandriva 2008 and KDE. They are connected wirelessly using a Linksys WRT54G. The two computers are "davelaptop" and "dave-tower"

    What I want:

    1) Since everything is behind the Linksys, my security needs should be minimal; I live in the country and there's no one in range.

    2) I want to share the files in /home/dave/public on each machine read/write/drag/drop both ways. I'm trying to allow any/all users to use the files without passwords or special groups, although there's only one me using both machines.

    3) On both, I have symlinked some directories from another partition outside my home directory into /home/dave/public.

    So far, smb4k says "The share '//DAVELAPTOP/PUBLIC' could not be mounted" and "retrying with upper case share name...mount error 6 = No such device or address...Refer to the mount.cifs( manual page ( mount.cifs)" Same message on dave-tower.


    Is it possible to configure Samba using only the GUI tools provided in Mandriva 2008?

    This is my current /etc/samba/smb.conf file, the enabled configurations only; I ommitted the rest of the file to save space. I've been messing with this for a week now so it may be scrambled:

    workgroup = MDKGROUP
    server string = Samba Server %v
    printcap name = cups
    printcap cache time = 60
    printing = cups
    log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
    max log size = 50
    map to guest = Bad User
    security = share
    encrypt passwords = yes
    dns proxy = no
    restrict anonymous = no
    domain master = no
    preferred master = no
    max protocol = NT
    acl compatibility = winnt
    ldap ssl = No
    server signing = Auto

    comment = All Printers
    path = /var/spool/samba
    browseable = no
    guest ok = yes
    printable = yes
    create mask = 0700
    print command = lpr-cups -P %p -o raw %s -r
    use client driver = yes

    path = /var/lib/samba/printers
    write list = @adm root
    guest ok = yes
    inherit permissions = yes

    path = /var/tmp
    printable = Yes
    comment = PDF Generator (only valid users)
    printing = bsd
    print command = /usr/share/samba/scripts/print-pdf "%s" "%H" "//%L/%u" "%m" "%I" "%J" &
    lpq command = /bin/true

    path = /home/dave/PUBLIC/
    guest ok = yes
    read only = no
    case sensitive = no
    strict locking = no
    msdfs proxy = no
    comment = Public directory

    Thanks for any help.

    In faith, Dave
    Viva Texas <><
    Last edited by dpeirce; 12-01-2007 at 03:39 AM. Reason: misspelling

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    Guess not. It's frustrating when a linux distro provides tools which don't work. *If* the administrative GUI tools worked easily for users, Bill Gates would never know what hit him... because otherwise Linux is far far better than Windows.

    There *is* a GUI tool in Control Center for setting up an FTP server. It explained my options so I could understand them, and even offered to download/install the necessary software. Kudos for the programmers who put together that particular tool!! I can at least move files around with reasonable convenience.

    In faith, Dave
    Viva Texas <><

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