Now we install Samba which is a file sharing program for Linux, it is Linux’s implementation of the SMB file protocol used by Windows. Once installed we can connect to shared folder on the tinypute from other machines.
Update 4/14/2019, at some point before today, Samba was released without libpam-smbpass module. It was used to sync passwords between Samba and Linux’s user database. I’m about to run this post again and see how Samba works (or maybe not) without libpam-smbpass module. So far OK, no issues.
First, install Samba:
sudo apt-get install samba
sudo apt-get install libpam-smbpass
Second, configure /etc/samba/smb.conf as follows:
# Maximum number of usershare. 0 (default) means that usershare is disabled.
usershare max shares = 100 #Uncomment this line (remove the first character “;”)
comment = Home Directories
browseable = no
# By default, the home directories are exported read-only. Change the
# next parameter to ‘no’ if you want to be able to write to them.
read only = no
Third, create a folder for users to share
sudo mkdir /mnt/raid5/storage
sudo chmod ug+rwx /mnt/raid5/storage
Fourth, configure smb to share the folder, add the following line to /etc/samba/smb.conf
comment = RAID 5 storage folder
path = /mnt/raid5
guest ok = no
browseable = yes
read only = no
create mask = 0600
directory mask = 0700
Restart the smbd service
sudo service smbd restart
Fifth, we install ufw (uncomplicated firewall) so we can open ports required by Samba.
sudo apt-get install ufw
sudo ufw allow 135
sudo ufw allow 137
sudo ufw allow 138
sudo ufw allow 139
sudo ufw allow 445
sudo ufw enable
Sixth, now we connect to the share we created before in /mnt/raid5 (i.e. storage folder)
Before connecting the user that will access the share must be created.
sudo smbpasswd -a pi #pi is the user that will connect to the shared folder
The shared folder can be connected from another PC now.
On my Mac OSX Yosemite using Finder -> Go -> Connect To Server and enter smb://raid5/storage. A password prompt will be provided, enter as Registered User pi with the SMB password you provided before.
That’s it! New folders can be created, renamed, deleted. The same goes for files, you can edit them too.