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I have two notebooks (Notebook 1 with Ubuntu 10.04 and Notebook 2 with Ubuntu 10.10) in a home network and I want to share a folder on notebook 1 with samba. Notebook 2 should be able to read/write/delete content of the folder.

I installed the packages samba and system-config-samba and I added a user and the share with read/write access to samba with the Samba Configuration GUI.

When I enter


in Nautilus on notebook 2 I can enter username and password. But then I can only read the content of the folder. Changing files is not allowed. Can somebody help me?

edit: Here is the part of my smb.conf, where the share is defined:

    path = /home/user1/Images
    writeable = yes
;   browseable = yes
    valid users = avahi, user1

Do I need to add a semicolon in front of writeable...?

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Which user did you use to log in to the Samba share? Did you use the username from the user who created the shared folder on notebook 1? – W. Goeman Oct 19 '10 at 18:31
No. The user was created in the Samba GUI. So it is not a user of the system, but a samba user. Maybe I should have added that I had to choose a UNIX-username for the new samba user. I chose "avahi". Don't know if this is correct or not...? – xilix Oct 19 '10 at 21:15
Rather than using SMB (which is primarily for Windows interoperability) is there any reason why NFS isn't an option? – Cry Havok Oct 20 '10 at 8:27
I could also use NFS. I just want to have an easy method to share folders in a home network. – xilix Oct 20 '10 at 15:37
For Linux systems (and other unix systems) NFS is the easy method. – Cry Havok Oct 20 '10 at 19:55
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Try to login to the share with a user which has read/write permissions on the system where the folder is shared. Also make sure that that particular user has rights to access the samba share.

If possible, it is always a good idea to go for NFS sharing. As long as you do not need to connect from a Windows box you will be happy with NFS. If you want to continue with NF have a look at the quick start section of this official Ubuntu documentation.

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The writable flag was not saved for some reason. Now it works with the user-accoutn of notebook1. – xilix Oct 22 '10 at 13:21

Try to change the permission to the directory. if your directory sharing path is /home/user1/Images then run chmod 777 /home/user1/Images.

Hope this helps.

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