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How to Share A Folder in Ubuntu 14.04 (Local Network)

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#1 NickAu


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Posted 05 February 2015 - 03:32 PM

This is a beginners’ step by step guide that shows how to share a folder in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS over local network.
1. To begin, right-click on the folder you want to share and choose the “Local Network Share” option.
If you don’t see this option, search for and install nautilus-share in Ubuntu Software Center and restart Nautilus by running nautilus -q or just log out and back in.
2. When the ‘File Sharing’ dialog opens, click the box to enable ‘Share this folder’ option. Click the “Install service” button if it asks.
When done log out and back in.
3. Re-do step 1 to open the ‘File Sharing’ dialog for any folder. Depends on your need, enable write permission and/or guess access.
4. If you want client machines to access this share with a username and password, disable Guest access and do:

  • Search for and install system-config-samba in Ubuntu Software Center.
  • Start Samba (graphical tool) from the Dash or menu.
  • Navigate to menu Preferences -> Samba Users
  • Click ‘Add User’ in next window and then select your username, type in a Windows username and password.



Finally you can access this folder in a local network machine using the username (either whoopsie or NickAu ) and password.

Edited by NickAu, 05 February 2015 - 03:39 PM.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 02:09 AM

Thanks for sharing.

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Posted 06 February 2015 - 07:56 AM

Thanks for sharing.


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Posted 08 November 2016 - 07:34 PM

Hi, Al & everybody.


Puppy has its own easy-to-use version of this, written by our very own 'Magic Wizard', rcrsn51 (better known on the Puppy Forums as Bill). It's a version of SAMBA, though it's based on the Samba-TNG fork (much more lightweight!), and as such works brilliantly for Pup.


It comprises of two .pets.


1 ) The Samba-TNG .pet itself.


2 ) An Auto-Start .pet, which is placed in /root/Startup, and starts Samba-TNG at boot. These are available from here:-




This is used in combination with the utility simply known as YASSM (short for Yet Another Samba Share Mounter). The current version, 2.9, works via IP addresses, so there's no need to use hostnames. You may need to install the PeasyPort Network Scanner before this will work; some Pups have it installed by default, many don't. Bill's Samba-TNG has been written to make use of this (another of his own utilities, which has become a default install in many newer Pups).










Once you have everything installed, you'll find all the relevant items in Menu>Network. For how to use Samba-TNG, simply follow the instructions in Bill's thread on the subject; it's very easy to follow, and extremely simple to use.


The smb.conf text file can be found at /usr/local/samba/etc/smb.conf. 


Bill's Samba Auto-Start .pet also contains a section within the config file where you can auto-mount partitions you wish to use, employing the UUID identification, via the -U option.


There are various versions of the 'full' SAMBA available on the Forum if anybody prefers these, to be found in the Advanced Topics>Additional Software>Network sub-forum.


Hope that helps some of you..!




Edited by Al1000, 09 November 2016 - 02:22 AM.
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