Sharing Dos/Windows drives from a Linux system

Wandered Inn esoteric at
Sun Mar 12 14:56:38 GMT 2000

Hey Steve, funny meeting you here. (inside joke).  I've done something
similar to this.  I had a fat parition that was mounted to a Linux box
that I shared to via Samba to a win95 box to provide (read and write)
access to an Outlook mailbox file.

There's probably more than one way to do it.  

I have the following entry in my /etc/fstab file:

/dev/hda4	/mdrive	vfat	noauto,user	0 0

Which permits the ordinary user to mount this drive.

I then added an entry to my rc.local file that says:

su WIN95ID -c "/bin/mount /mdrive"

This mounts the drive with the same user id as the id that I log into
the win95 machine.   The win95 machine automounts the share and I'm

Steve Cohen wrote:
> How can I do this?
> I have a samba server running on RedHat Linux.  The server is actually a
> dual boot machine, and has Windows drives which I have mounted under
> Linux, so that /mnt/dosC is the C: drive when booted under DOS.  Also,
> this machine has a Zip drive connected to it and known as /mnt/zip.
> >From a Windows 98 machine connected to this machine, connecting through
> Samba, I can see these shares.  I can read any file in them.  I cannot,
> however, write to these shares, even though they are specified as
> writable.
> Is this even possible and if so how?
> I have tried using fstype=FAT, or fstype=samba or fstype=NTFS to no
> avail.
> Here are the share portions of my smb.conf (note: MesaVerde is the host
> name).
> [mvD]
>     path = /mnt/dosD
>     comment = Drive D on MesaVerde's Dos partition
>     writeable = yes
>     guest ok = yes
> [zip]
>    path = /mnt/zip
>    comment = MesaVerde's zip drive
>    writeable = yes
>    guest ok = yes
> What must I do to be able to write to these drives over samba?

Until later: Geoffrey		esoteric at

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