I've read a lot of threads here but still can't seem to make this work: I'm trying to share various folders (any folders whatsoever) on HDDs other than "File System" over the LAN using fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 with a fresh version of Apache installed. Other (Win XP) computers can see the shared folders over the network no problem, but come up with the error:
"[Folder] is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. Contact the administrator..." (The typical WinXP "access denied" message)
Since I can see them alright, I've been led to believe that I need to set the folder permissions so that "Others" can read, if not read/write. Since these are folders on completely different HDDs than my OS, I shouldn't be too afraid of changing permissions (right?).
So, even when I run sudo nautilus and go to the containing folder and right click -> properties -> permissions, I see:
Folder Access: None
File Access: ---
When I change Folder Access (again, coming from nautilus window), it changes for about half a second and then revert. When I change File Access, it stays in the drop-down, but doesn't stick after closing and re-opening properties. "Allow executing file as program" also instantly reverts.
Why? (And thank you!)