Setting up Samba

3Setting up Samba

Now that Samba is installed, we need to create a directory for it to share:

mkdir /home/<username>/sambashare/

The command above creates a new folder sambashare in our home directory which we will share later.

The configuration file for Samba is located at /etc/samba/smb.conf. To add the new directory as a share, we edit the file by running:

sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

At the bottom of the file, add the following lines:

[sambashare]
    comment = Samba on Ubuntu
    path = /home/username/sambashare
    read only = no
    browsable = yes

Then press Ctrl-O to save and Ctrl-X to exit from the nano text editor.

What we’ve just added

  • [sambashare]: The name inside the brackets is the name of our share.
  • comment: A brief description of the share.
  • path: The directory of our share.
  • read only: Permission to modify the contents of the share folder is only granted when the value of this directive is no.
  • browsable: When set to yes, file managers such as Ubuntu’s default file manager will list this share under “Network” (it could also appear as browseable).

Now that we have our new share configured, save it and restart Samba for it to take effect:

sudo service smbd restart


https://tutorials.ubuntu.com/tutorial/install-and-configure-samba#0

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