I just built a new system, and decided to put 12.04 LTS and 13.10 on it - with 12.04 being the 'trusted workhorse' version - and the version with the following 'problem'. I also needed to make an external HD wirelessly available to an Android tablet for someone bedridden, and unable to store enough 'stuff' on any conceivable local storage.
Sharing the access to *MY* tablet was instantly accomplished (I recommend ES File Explorer on the tablet side) - with only the directories I specified appearing and being accessible. However, trying to set up the alternative user I mentioned above has NOT worked.
First no access to the 'server' - solved by sharing the whole drive. But nothing so far has enabled entry to the shared directories. While 'researching' possible causes, I noticed that the drive was *EQUALLY* inaccessible from a 'local' login at the physical keyboard as that user. No combination of attempts to use chown, chgrp, creating a group with access, attempting to see if ACL's were involved, or finding a GUI tool with an answer has yet met with success.
My knowledge is only partial (and outdated - my best CLI skills were on AmigaDOS!) - but the theory of networked access hasn't changed all that much since my days as netadmin on Netware4 - so it must be a slowing mind - or perhaps an unforeseen error in my starting point? Could the fact that I installed the OS with those drives hooked up (though unaccessed) have affected something? Is there a reason that chown and chgrp appear to make no changes at all? Any thoughts?
Thanks for any ideas