[Samba] Sharing USB devices?

Peter Milesson miles at atmos.eu
Thu Feb 10 19:09:36 UTC 2022

On 10.02.2022 19:43, Hal Vaughan via samba wrote:
>> On Feb 10, 2022, at 4:33 AM, Dr. Thomas Orgis via samba <samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:
>> 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_.
> Rephrasing - could you please tell me if I’m saying this correctly? Trying to be sure I get it.
> So a node device points at something specific on the system. If I shared one on System A and used it on System B, then System B would interpret it as pointing to something on System B - it wouldn’t relate it at all to anything on System A.
> Is that correct.
>> 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.
> Thank you. I’ll look into that.
>> 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.
> I’m considering that. I still have a fair amount to research on RMP for that. (For instance, how to stream the screen contents when there’s no monitor on the server.)
> Thank you.
> Hal
Hi Hal,

I use x2go for remote desktop under Linux. Much better than VNC. x2go 
uses ssh, it's secure and has got very good performance, depending on 
which compression you choose.

Best regards,


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