[mythtv-users] Configuring Samba in text mode?
donald at bossung.net
Tue Mar 27 03:00:39 UTC 2007
I would recommend using SWAT (samba web administration tool) It allows you
to configure the samba server with a web browser from any machine (not just
If you don't have xinetd installed use (used to manage swat service)
yum -y install xinetd
chkconfig xinetd on
service xinetd start
yum -y install samba-swat
change disable=yes to disable=no
change only_from=127.0.0.1 to only_from=<the ip
address of the machine you are going to run the browser on> or
only_from=<the network address of your private
or you can comment the only_from line completely but this can be a security
risk as any machine can now run swat on your server.
Now do a
so if you have another box that does run x, plug the ip of that machine into
the swat config file on the server and then use ff or m on the client
machine. Or plug in the net address of your network then any machine on your
network can use a browser to config samba.
Now do a
service xinetd restart
to load swat
The url you want is
http://<ip or name of samba server>:901
where 901 is the port samba listens on.
The alternative is to manually edit /etc/samba/smb.conf
And that can get a little ugly.
In my experience here is a basic smb.conf (make sure you mv or cp the
original smb.conf to a different name before you start as a fall back) Don't
even think of editing the original smb.conf file as it is quite complex and
gets messy. Just create a new file with the below:
workgroup = MYGROUP #change this to your networks
windows workgroup name
server string = Samba Server
security = user
log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
[homes] #shares users home
folder on server
comment = Home Directories
browseable = no
[sharedfolder] #basic shared folder
usable by all
comment = Temporary file space
path = /sharedfolder
read only = no
public = yes
writable = yes
get this working and then add from there if you need more functionality.
use useradd and passwd to create a linux user and then smbpasswd to add them
to the smb user database. (see man pages for more) DO NOT create the user
password with the useradd command as it is a plaintext password and samba
doesn't like this.
hope this helps
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