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I want to know how to share any folders between android and ubuntu. I've got it with WindowsXP. On my Android phone I've installed the app ES File Explorer. I've created a folder in the PC and it is shared. With the app from cellphone I can find the shared folder but when I try open it, the app says 'The account has no permissions' I don't know how to give these permissions.

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How about just using DropBox or Ubuntu One (and Ubuntu One Files for Android) as an easier solution? –  Tom Brossman Feb 3 '12 at 23:40
How are you connecting to the shared folder, is it via LAN or FTP (ES File Explorer has both these options to connect) –  coversnail Apr 14 '12 at 9:00

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One way could be to sync your files with Ubuntu One, there's an Ubuntu One Files app in the Android market.

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Ohk.. I was trying the same thing, below is what worked:

In nautilus, right click on the folder you want to share and select 'sharing options', where you enable sharing the folder. In the same window, there are 2 other options: 'Allow others to create and delete files in this folder' and 'Guest Access'. Check both the options.. Exit Nautilus (on computer) and ES file explorer (on android phone). Reopen ES file explorer and connect to the shared folder again... That should fix the issue...

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I am not sure if it is the correct solution to your problem..

You can use Airdroid app on android market. It lets you access all you android folder in a browser.

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If you just want to share media files, then rygel might be what you need. It's in the repositories. Type this command in a terminal to install it:

sudo apt-get install rygel rygel-preferences

Rygel is an uPnP DNLA service.

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this one worked for me using samba share by which you can access files in ubuntu just by adding the directory as expaained in the tutorial , in order to sync files in same wifi network you can use aerofs http://www.stehem.net/2012/11/25/how-to-stream-movies-from-ubuntu-12-10-on-nexus7.html

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Dowload and install the android app Airdroid from Playstore..
It will share files between the Ubuntu pc and your android phone via wifi.

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