I have an 'old' Dell with a SSD and a HDD. As Windows10 is asking too much, I have installed Ubuntu on it, to see where that can get me. So far so good, with a lot of trials and errors, but I run in a problem with sharing. I use the SSD for the installation and the HDD I formatted as FAT32, to be able to use this drive as a share in the network. I try to make it a public share (the machine is at the moment only to play with...)

For formatted the HDD as a FAT32 Mount with the options: dev/sdb6 /mnt/sdb6 vfat uid=1000,gid=1000,fmask=0000,dmask=0000 0 0

(uid 1000 is me)

Some screen prints od the mounted disk: enter image description here

I added the line "usershare owner only = false" in smb.conf.

The permissions after the mount are Owner: Me - Create and delete files, Group: (me) : access files Others: Access files

Here are three screen prints:


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Local Network share

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Yet no files in the folder

If I now go to the Local Network Share and click on Share this Folder I get the above error.

In the past three (and counting...) days I have tried to read anything I could find, but I am now going round in circles, so I would appreciate if anyone can tell me where I go wrong and show me the light...


I ran Caja as sudo and created the share

  • Isn't caja an ubuntu mate file manager? I'm not sure this is the file manager / flavor used here. Even if so, please edit your answer and a bit more details: your ubuntu flavor / version and what exactly was the situation in your case. This would really help other users stumbling upon this question. – Pizza Sep 10 '20 at 19:05

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