[Samba] Quick Question
dwilli10 at san.rr.com
Mon Jun 17 20:55:03 GMT 2002
I'm wondering whether there is an existing compiled and installable version
of Samba or some components of Samba which will allow me to move files
between a Win XP (NTFS) partition and a UNIX partition on the same drive on
the same computer.
I do independent support for a major medical practice management software
system and most of the installations (some 30,000 in the U.S.) run on UNIX
servers. For that reason I boot into UNIX (SCO Open Server 5.0.6) for
program development and generally email the result, in zipped form, using a
Windows email system running on a cable modem.
For many years my Windows drives were set as FAT partitions and the
standard UNIX Commands of dosdir and docsp worked just fine. Then I
changed to FAT32 and these commands became non-functional. I was able to
generate and install some Mtools components, mdir and mcopy and read and
write to the C: drive from UNIX.
Now I have a NTFS system on the first partition of my first drive and UNIX
on the second partition. When I am in UNIX there seems to be no capability
to see these NTFS drives. I notice that when I run fdisk from UNIX the
UNIX operating system recognizes the first partition as OS2, which is
clearly an anomaly.
For small files I can use the floppy drive to move files back and forth,
but am of course limited to 1.44 MB by this method.
I now have the task of downloading over a modem some rather large files
from a remote UNIX system, moving them to Windows, and then transferring
them by Internet to a client who will do further work with them.
I'm look for some replacement for the mdir and mcopy commands, and when I
presented my question to the mtools group the answer was "Samba".
That's fine and I have looked at the Samba websites, but it's been so long
since I compiled code and made executable programs under UNIX that my
deadline will be long gone before I get that done.
Hence the question. Is there something out there which will allow me to
communicate between the first two partitions on my first drive, C: for
Windows XP and /u which is the UNIX boot partition on that same drive?
Right now I have a bootable floppy to change the active partition from
Windows to UNIX, and use the UNIX fdisk program to change back to a Windows
active partition. Alternatively if I want to work mostly in UNIX I simply
execute at the boot: prompt
and it boots into windows, however the active boot partition remains UNIX.
If this is too much to deal with please don't bother. If it's something
straightforward I would surely appreciate some help.
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