Set Up File Sharing In Ubuntu, No Terminal Or Config File Editing Required

Set Up File Sharing In Ubuntu, No Terminal Or Config File Editing Required

Sharing files between Ubuntu and Windows or Mac systems can be done, but setting it up, until recently, wasn’t quite simple. But Ubuntu’s come a long way, and you can now get along without terminals, config file editing and intense hair-pulling.

A good guided walkthrough on the Ubuntu Forums promises none of the unfortunately common headaches of most Linux setups — there’s only one terminal command, and it’s actually optional. It’s mostly a few right clicks, an IP address look-up, and simply asking two machines to find each other on the network. The guide is written for sharing between Ubuntu and Windows, but once you’ve set up the Ubuntu side, it’s not too much more effort to load that Windows/Samba-shared folder on a Mac.

HOWTO: Easy, simple GUI setup of smb file server [Ubuntu Forums]


  • I’ve not a clue why, but SMB sharing via the GUI has never “just worked” for me. (I use 10.04 on my media centre PC and share to a Mac – I suspect the fact I’m sharing to a mac is the ‘chink in the chain’.)

    I’ve found shared folders just ‘appear’ in the finder as they should, but gaining write access to those folders is impossible without all sorts of “force user” and “force group” arguments in smb.conf.

  • my home network has three windows machines (all XP) my two desktops (currently ubuntu 10.04 on both but recently debian 5 on one) and another linux box (ubuntu 8.04) I have never had much problem with Samba, and I use it for both file and printer sharing.

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