Samba share for home networking[Solved]

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Samba share for home networking[Solved]

Post by shom_ronnie » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:07 am

I am trying to setup a home network between my laptop and pc, both has linux mint installed. I have installed samba in both the computers, and created a share folder in home, set up password for share. But unfortunately my laptop shows up in the network tab which cannot be opened, and my pc wont show up at all. Am i missing a trick here. Would really appreciate your help. Thank you
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Re: Samba share for home networking

Post by altair4 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:22 am

What version and what desktop of Mint are you using?

If you are using Mint19 on all your machines the ability to see each other is automatic. If you are using an earlier version of mint you need to add an avahi/samba registration file on all your Mint machines:

[1] Add a file:

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gksu xed /etc/avahi/services/samba.service
[2] Add this to it:

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<?xml version="1.0" standalone='no'?>
<!DOCTYPE service-group SYSTEM "avahi-service.dtd">
<service-group>
   <name replace-wildcards="yes">%h SMB</name> ## Display Name
   <service>
       <type>_smb._tcp</type>
       <port>445</port>
   </service>
</service-group>
[3] Just in case restart avahi:

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sudo service avahi-daemon restart
As for the share itself I need more information. Please post the output of the following commands:

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testparm -s

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net usershare info --long
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Re: Samba share for home networking

Post by shom_ronnie » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:26 am

On my pc i have mint 18.3 and on laptop mint 19. Here are the resuts

$ testparm -s
Load smb config files from /etc/samba/smb.conf
rlimit_max: increasing rlimit_max (1024) to minimum Windows limit (16384)
WARNING: The "syslog" option is deprecated
Processing section "[printers]"
Processing section "[print$]"
Loaded services file OK.
Server role: ROLE_STANDALONE

# Global parameters
[global]
server string = %h server (Samba, Ubuntu)
server role = standalone server
map to guest = Bad User
obey pam restrictions = Yes
pam password change = Yes
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
unix password sync = Yes
syslog = 0
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 1000
dns proxy = No
usershare allow guests = Yes
panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
idmap config * : backend = tdb


[printers]
comment = All Printers
path = /var/spool/samba
create mask = 0700
printable = Yes
browseable = No


[print$]
comment = Printer Drivers
path = /var/lib/samba/printers

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Re: Samba share for home networking

Post by shom_ronnie » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:27 am

[Untitled Folder]
path=/home/shom/Untitled Folder
comment=
usershare_acl=Everyone:F,
guest_ok=n

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Re: Samba share for home networking

Post by shom_ronnie » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:28 am

after instaing avahi and making the change i can see the desktop computer on the network but cant open it

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Re: Samba share for home networking

Post by altair4 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:35 am

If you have to install avahi on your Mint system something is seriously wrong since it's there by default.

There is nothing wrong with the output of testparm or usershare so it's not a configuration problem - unless you encrypted your home folder of course.

I would make sure the firewall is disabled on both systems:

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sudo ufw disable
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Re: Samba share for home networking

Post by shom_ronnie » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:39 am

Ok firewall was the problem. Turned it off manually, can see the shared file now. Thank you so much.

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Re: Samba share for home networking

Post by shom_ronnie » Mon Jul 02, 2018 10:44 am

Do i have to allow all the smbds in gufw. There seems to be many, also an avahi. Do i need to allow them all

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Re: Samba share for home networking

Post by altair4 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:32 am

Samba is a predefined application in ufw so you should be able to allow Samba this way:

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sudo ufw allow Samba
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Re: Samba share for home networking

Post by shom_ronnie » Mon Jul 02, 2018 11:52 am

Ok, will give that a try. Thank you

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Re: Samba share for home networking[Solved]

Post by shom_ronnie » Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:05 pm

One last thing, if i want to share the mnt folder instead of home, because thats where my data partition is mounted, how can i do that. Thank you

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Re: Samba share for home networking[Solved]

Post by altair4 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 1:50 pm

Hopefully you don't mean /mnt itself. You don't share /mnt without violating a whole bunch of conventions concerning Linux filesystem hierarchy. Did you mean something like /mnt/Data?

It's no different to how you did it in your home folder but usershare ( Nemo ) only allows you to share what you own. Are you the owner of /mnt/Data?
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Re: Samba share for home networking[Solved]

Post by shom_ronnie » Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:00 pm

Yes i am the user, i will explain what i mean. I have a separate partition where i keep my files. I can use the home folder to share files, but would be a lot easier if i had access to that partition from my laptop. Now that partition im talking about, is mounted at boot, and i have all the permissions there to make changes. I also have it mounted in mnt so that it mounts up on boot. If only i can have access to that partition over samba, it would really be very useful.

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Re: Samba share for home networking[Solved]

Post by shom_ronnie » Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:07 pm

It loads up like /mnt/partition. That partition is what im looking to share.

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Re: Samba share for home networking[Solved]

Post by altair4 » Mon Jul 02, 2018 2:08 pm

If you are the owner of /mnt/partition then you create the share in nemo the same way you created the one for "Untitled Folder" in your home directory.
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Re: Samba share for home networking[Solved]

Post by shom_ronnie » Tue Jul 03, 2018 1:49 am

Ok, im able to share the files from that partition now. Thanx for your quick suggestions altair4. Really appreciate your time and help. Thank you

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