[Samba] Sharing USB devices?

Dr. Thomas Orgis thomas.orgis at uni-hamburg.de
Thu Feb 10 09:33:20 UTC 2022

Am Wed, 9 Feb 2022 13:13:01 -0500
schrieb Hal Vaughan via samba <samba at lists.samba.org>: 

> and then share the device node file in /dev over Samba.

Linux device nodes are just some kind of links that tell the system to
talk to the device of major number x and minor y. If you share such as
simple file over the network, it would translate to your client (if it
also works that way, at all) looking for device x:y _locally_.

AFAIR the Plan 9 project with the associated network protocol intended
to do more network transparency also of devices in the manner you
desire, but that's not what Samba does.

So I second the recommendations to set up a system that offers remote
desktop and file sharing on the dirty side and have the client with
display and human input on the other side.

Alrighty then,


Dr. Thomas Orgis
HPC @ Universität Hamburg

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