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Folder Sharing(SOLVED)

Postby afab4 on Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:24 am

Downloaded Mint 16 Xfce and neither live or installed exists a way to share folders as in Mint 15 Xfce. Bad download or is this a bug?
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Re: Folder Sharing

Postby altair4 on Tue Dec 24, 2013 11:48 am

"Folder Sharing" between local login users on the same box?

"Folder Sharing" with other boxes on you local network?

There hasn't been a way to create a samba share in Thunar for quite some time.
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Re: Folder Sharing

Postby afab4 on Tue Dec 24, 2013 4:53 pm

No, it's not in Thunar.
In Menu-->Settings-->Shared Folders
It's the GUI that lets you share folders across your home network. It is right here in my live Mint 15 Xfce. It is not here in Mint 16 Xfce.
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Re: Folder Sharing

Postby altair4 on Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:29 pm

EDIT: Although the following procedure will install the "Shared Folders" utility it has a bug in it. Please see my next post below.

You are correct. It is missing.

This will take a little work I'm afraid:

[1] Install the following package:
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sudo apt-get install gnome-system-tools

[2] Edit a file so it shows up in the menu:
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gksu gedit /usr/share/applications/shares.desktop

Then change this line:
NoDisplay=true

To this:
NoDisplay=false

[3] Logout and Login again and it should be at Menu > Settings > Shared Folders
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Re: Folder Sharing

Postby altair4 on Tue Dec 24, 2013 5:48 pm

Well, I found out why it's not in the Menu. It has a bug - and a very big one.

I tried to share my Documents folder and instead it shared the parent folder which is my entire home directory.

My recommendation is to install another Samba utility:
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sudo apt-get install system-config-samba

This will automatically show up under Menu > Settings > Samba
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Re: Folder Sharing

Postby afab4 on Tue Dec 24, 2013 6:55 pm

What I found is that the program that is missing here is actually part of Mate.
Install mate-polkit and also mate-system-tools and you are good to go. You can access the Shared Folders GUI and set up your shares.
Leaving them out of this release was a major blunder in my opinion.
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Re: Folder Sharing(SOLVED)

Postby altair4 on Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:04 pm

mate-system-tools creates a "Shared Folders" with the exact same bug as gnome-system-tools.

If I create a share of /home/altair/Documents it shares /home/altair instead.

Really, the only advantage to installing either is that now you have "Users and Groups" which was totally missing from the Menu as well.
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Re: Folder Sharing(SOLVED)

Postby afab4 on Tue Dec 24, 2013 7:19 pm

I don't know how you are getting your error but the sharing is working fine for me. I just accessed my Mint 16 shared folders from my other computer downstairs and the only folders that show up are the two I shared.
When you are using the GUI, and press the "ADD" and then select your "PATH", make sure you select "OTHER" or you will wind up sharing your entire home directory.
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Re: Folder Sharing(SOLVED)

Postby altair4 on Tue Dec 24, 2013 8:30 pm

I think I've got it now.

I was drilling down to /home/altair then highlighting Documents and clicking open. I got this:
SharedFolders1.png

Since the Path says Documents I naturally assumed it would share my documents folder and all I had to do is correct the name. But instead it shared /home/altair which I verified by looking at /etc/samba/smb.conf. That's why I called it a bug.

You have to drill down to /home/altair then double click Documents. Then you get this:
SharedFolders2.png

That shares the correct Folder.

So the trick is if the path doesn't equal the name you are not sharing what you think you are sharing. You have to admit that is a rather odd user interface :wink:

In any event sorry for the confusion. I'm used to either editing smb.conf directly, using system-config-samba, Or when in XFCE doing it through Thunar using this: viewtopic.php?f=197&t=88255
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