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    File sharing - How to?

    Did quite a bit of 'net research and did more here but not having much luck in finding what I need, good directions that start with "Turn power on then...."

    I have a laptop and currently have a divided HD with Ubuntu 12.04 on one side and Win7 on the other. Recently was convinced by a "tech" that the Surface RT was the best all around tablet to get as it would "plug right into Ubuntu for file sharing, etc". Major misrepresentation, to say the least.

    What I would like to do, if possible, is set up file sharing on my home network between the RT 8.1 and the Ubuntu on the laptop.

    Anybody know of simple, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions to getting this accomplished?

    Tried doing the Samba download from the Ubuntu Software Center but didn't find it listed anywhere after the download. Is there a trick there I need to know about or somewhere else I need to go to get it?

    Thanks for any assists.

    ffp
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    Re: File sharing - How to?

    Quote Originally Posted by flyfishingphil View Post
    Did quite a bit of 'net research and did more here but not having much luck in finding what I need, good directions that start with "Turn power on then...."

    I have a laptop and currently have a divided HD with Ubuntu 12.04 on one side and Win7 on the other. Recently was convinced by a "tech" that the Surface RT was the best all around tablet to get as it would "plug right into Ubuntu for file sharing, etc". Major misrepresentation, to say the least.

    What I would like to do, if possible, is set up file sharing on my home network between the RT 8.1 and the Ubuntu on the laptop.

    Anybody know of simple, easy to follow, step-by-step instructions to getting this accomplished?

    Tried doing the Samba download from the Ubuntu Software Center but didn't find it listed anywhere after the download. Is there a trick there I need to know about or somewhere else I need to go to get it?

    Thanks for any assists.

    ffp
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    -BAB1

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    Re: File sharing - How to?

    Thanks for the tip, and I may be wrong, but I get the impression this is a one way method. It opens up my laptop so other computers can view the files I have on the laptop but doesn't "seek out" other computers and allow file sharing from there.

    I have a new tablet that I carry with me and want to be able to connect to my home network with the tablet, turn on the Ubuntu laptop and "see" my tablet so I can transfer files from the tablet to the laptop.

    Also looking at just forgetting that effort and using my Lexar 32GB thumb unit but I just plugged that in and the Ubuntu doesn't open that either.

    What am I doing wrong? Put a simple test file on the tablet, transferred to the Lexar, plugged it into the laptop and all I got was a red light flash on the Lexar and cannot view anything on it.
    Last edited by flyfishingphil; March 17th, 2014 at 04:08 AM.
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    Re: File sharing - How to?

    Quote Originally Posted by flyfishingphil View Post
    Thanks for the tip, and I may be wrong, but I get the impression this is a one way method. It opens up my laptop so other computers can view the files I have on the laptop but doesn't "seek out" other computers and allow file sharing from there.
    The default Ubuntu install has the client side software installed. The part that I recommended is the Samba server side. With the server installed you should be able to serve files. The default install has the software to find and use the server.
    I have a new tablet that I carry with me and want to be able to connect to my home network with the tablet, turn on the Ubuntu laptop and "see" my tablet so I can transfer files from the tablet to the laptop.
    If you want the Ubuntu laptop to see the tablet you will need to install the server component on the tablet also. This will make the 2 machines both clients and servers.

    You will need to set up a VPN to use Samba outside of your LAN. Samba is not for use across the Internet with a VPN tunnel.

    Also looking at just forgetting that effort and using my Lexar 32GB thumb unit but I just plugged that in and the Ubuntu doesn't open that either.

    What am I doing wrong? Put a simple test file on the tablet, transferred to the Lexar, plugged it into the laptop and all I got was a red light flash on the Lexar and cannot view anything on it.
    Look at the File System on the left side of the Nautilus File manager. At the the bottom should be the Lexar. With the Lexar plugged in -- post the output of this
    Code:
    df -h
    -BAB1

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    Re: File sharing - How to?

    Apparently I didn't have Nautilus so I installed the Nautilus Actions Configuration Tools from the Ubuntu Software Center. Don't see anything in the Nautilus window so posted the df -h in terminal and here are the results:

    flyfishingphil@flyfishingphil-Satellite-L305:~$ df -h
    Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda5 83G 14G 65G 18% /
    udev 1.5G 4.0K 1.5G 1% /dev
    tmpfs 580M 1.2M 579M 1% /run
    none 5.0M 0 5.0M 0% /run/lock
    none 1.5G 288K 1.5G 1% /run/shm
    /dev/sda2 138G 82G 57G 60% /media/SQ004816V03

    Also, after installing the Nautilus, I now don't see the thumb drive when I go to Places > Computer. What did I do wrong now?
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    Re: File sharing - How to?

    Quote Originally Posted by flyfishingphil View Post
    Apparently I didn't have Nautilus so I installed the Nautilus Actions Configuration Tools from the Ubuntu Software Center. Don't see anything in the Nautilus window so posted the df -h in terminal and here are the results:

    Code:
    flyfishingphil@flyfishingphil-Satellite-L305:~$ df -h
    Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    /dev/sda5        83G   14G   65G  18% /
    udev            1.5G  4.0K  1.5G   1% /dev
    tmpfs           580M  1.2M  579M   1% /run
    none            5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
    none            1.5G  288K  1.5G   1% /run/shm
    /dev/sda2       138G   82G   57G  60% /media/SQ004816V03
    Also, after installing the Nautilus, I now don't see the thumb drive when I go to Places > Computer. What did I do wrong now?
    It would have been right below this
    Code:
    /dev/sda2       138G   82G   57G  60% /media/SQ004816V03
    ...I assume you can see that partition in Places > Computer.

    Let's look using a different method. With the Lexar drive plugged in, post the output of this
    Code:
    sudo parted -l
    ...that's a lowercase ell ( l ).
    -BAB1

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    Re: File sharing - How to?

    First, all I see in Places > Computer are: 250 GB HD (doesn't show partition), CD-DVD Drive, Generic-Multi-Card (now showing again) and File system.

    SUDO PARTED -L provides this:

    Model: ATA Hitachi HTS54322 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sda: 250GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 1049kB 1574MB 1573MB primary ntfs diag
    2 1574MB 149GB 148GB primary ntfs boot
    3 149GB 242GB 92.9GB extended
    5 149GB 239GB 89.8GB logical ext4
    6 239GB 242GB 3081MB logical linux-swap(v1)
    4 242GB 250GB 7779MB primary ntfs hidden


    Model: Lexar USB Flash Drive (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sdc: 31.4GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 1049kB 31.4GB 31.4GB primary fat32 boot, lba

    I see the LEXAR shows on that sudo and notice the Partition Table: msdos.

    Now what? And thanks much for the assist.
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    Re: File sharing - How to?

    Quote Originally Posted by flyfishingphil View Post
    First, all I see in Places > Computer are: 250 GB HD (doesn't show partition), CD-DVD Drive, Generic-Multi-Card (now showing again) and File system.

    SUDO PARTED -L provides this:

    Model: ATA Hitachi HTS54322 (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sda: 250GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 1049kB 1574MB 1573MB primary ntfs diag
    2 1574MB 149GB 148GB primary ntfs boot
    3 149GB 242GB 92.9GB extended
    5 149GB 239GB 89.8GB logical ext4
    6 239GB 242GB 3081MB logical linux-swap(v1)
    4 242GB 250GB 7779MB primary ntfs hidden


    Model: Lexar USB Flash Drive (scsi)
    Disk /dev/sdc: 31.4GB
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B
    Partition Table: msdos

    Number Start End Size Type File system Flags
    1 1049kB 31.4GB 31.4GB primary fat32 boot, lba

    I see the LEXAR shows on that sudo and notice the Partition Table: msdos.

    Now what? And thanks much for the assist.
    Everything (all partitions) are part of (mounted to) the file system. Expand the File System and look for media. Under media you should see at least this: SQ004816V03. You should also see the Lexar partition (USB stick).

    The Lexar should be auto mounted at either /media/<username>/<UUID> or /media/<UUID>

    You can check the UUID's for all the partitions with blkid. Post the output of this
    Code:
    sudo blkid -c /dev/null -o list
    -BAB1

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    Re: File sharing - How to?

    Opened up the File System and found the SQ004816V03 but that's all. Opened up the SQ and lots of listings there but NO Lexar showing anywhere

    Here are the results on the sudo

    device fs_type label mount point UUID
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    /dev/sda1 ntfs TOSHIBA SYSTEM VOLUME (not mounted) 34B05C96B05C6102
    /dev/sda2 ntfs SQ004816V03 /media/SQ004816V03 0CD68C1CD68C0862
    /dev/sda4 ntfs HDDRECOVERY (not mounted) 4832240A3223FC16
    /dev/sda5 ext4 / de431376-da02-426a-9420-2ad5d98c6add
    /dev/sda6 swap <swap> 9d9c1db3-602c-4a3a-9626-7028614d2845
    /dev/sdc1 vfat RECOVERY (not mounted) D87B-F514

    Next step? (Thanks again. People wonder why I prefer Ubuntu.)
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    Re: File sharing - How to?

    Quote Originally Posted by flyfishingphil View Post
    Opened up the File System and found the SQ004816V03 but that's all. Opened up the SQ and lots of listings there but NO Lexar showing anywhere

    Here are the results on the sudo

    device fs_type label mount point UUID
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    /dev/sda1 ntfs TOSHIBA SYSTEM VOLUME (not mounted) 34B05C96B05C6102
    /dev/sda2 ntfs SQ004816V03 /media/SQ004816V03 0CD68C1CD68C0862
    /dev/sda4 ntfs HDDRECOVERY (not mounted) 4832240A3223FC16
    /dev/sda5 ext4 / de431376-da02-426a-9420-2ad5d98c6add
    /dev/sda6 swap <swap> 9d9c1db3-602c-4a3a-9626-7028614d2845
    /dev/sdc1 vfat RECOVERY (not mounted) D87B-F514

    Next step? (Thanks again. People wonder why I prefer Ubuntu.)
    You can see the Lexar at the bottom of the list. Did you name it RECOVERY?

    Post the output of
    Code:
    cat /etc/fstab
    What version of desktop are you using?
    -BAB1

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