[Samba] Newby questions about using samba

William Lugg luggw1 at risebroadband.net
Sat Nov 16 21:15:09 UTC 2019

I did as instructed and it works.  After I sent the last email, I pulled 
up the Thunar file manager on the client machine, browsed the network 
and to my surprise the host machine appeared in the list.  I opened it 
and data_server was there waiting for me. So I logged in and was able to 
read and write files successfully.

If I look at file properties for files placed in the share from the 
client side, I note that the user and group in the shared folder is root 
(root) on both the client and host.  However, I can open and edit them 
as a regular user, which makes sense as user, group and others all have 
rw access.  Is this as it should be?

Win10 was also successful once I figured out not to include the shared 
folder name in the path.

Thanks so much for your help.  Like I said at the outset, I know enough 
about these things to get myself into trouble.  :o)
Bill Lugg

On 11/16/19 1:43 PM, Rowland penny via samba wrote:
> OK, we now know that Samba is running and that you have a share.
> go to another Linux machine, open a terminal and type this:
> smbclient //shorthostname/data_server -U username
> Replace 'shorthostname' with the Samba servers short hostname and 
> 'username' with the Samba user you created.
> You should get prompted for the users password, after entering the 
> password, you should get this:
> Try "help" to get a list of possible commands.
> smb: \>
> If it doesn't work, try with the Samba servers ipaddress instead of 
> the hostname.
> Type 'q' to exit
> If this works, then try again from Windows.
> If it doesn't, check that the share directory exists and that your 
> user has permission to enter and write to it.

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