Sharing files between Linux and Windows

John G. Heim jheim at
Thu Jul 7 00:11:54 UTC 2016

I am pretty sure that on your linux machine, all you have to do is this:

sudo apt-get install samba

*sudo smbpasswd -a <username>*

That's all I did  on a fresh debian jessie machine and I was able to 
access my files in Win7. In Win7, press control+r to open a run dialog 
box. Type \\<hostname>\<username>. That will open a dialog box for 
mapping a share.  If you make your linux user ID and password match your 
Win7 user ID and password, you don't even have to enter those things. If 
they don't match, there is a link titled something like "Log in with a 
different user name and password". Sorry, I'd have to reboot into Win7 
again to get the exact title of the link.

But seriously, those 2 commands were all I had to do to access my files 
from my Win7 machine. If you want to modify the files on your linux 
machine, you have to edit /etc/samba/smb.conf on the linux machine. But 
for copying the files to your Win7 machine, I really think that is all 
you have to do.

On 07/06/2016 01:39 PM, John J. Boyer wrote:
> I tried to install a samba server on Windows. However, the Geek Squad
> agent who was helping said he didn't know enough to proceed. If I go to
> the Samba website, what should I do?
> Thanks,
> John
> On Wed, Jul 06, 2016 at 01:22:27PM -0400, Janina Sajka wrote:
>> Ditto. I've also only every used Samba for this.
>> Note, however, that once you have Samba set up, you can perfectly access
>> the Windows folder from the Linux command line. Look at the man pages
>> for the following:
>> smbclient
>> smbget
>> Good luck!
>> Janina
>> John G Heim writes:
>>> I have always done this with samba.  I never found it particularly
>>> difficult. You do have to read/follow the instructions.
>>> On 07/05/2016 01:36 PM, Mark Peveto wrote:
>>>> I'll be interested in the answer to that question myself.  I've had some tell me I need to use samba to do that...I've never been able to make it work.
>>>> Mark Peveto
>>>> Registered Linux user number 600552
>>>> Sent from F123 Visual using alpine 2.20.13
>>>> On Tue, 5 Jul 2016, John J. Boyer wrote:
>>>>> I'm going to set up a folder called c:\share on my Windows machine. I
>>>>> want to set up a device on my Linux machine which is connected with this
>>>>> folder over my LAN. I know that this can be done, because I had
>>>>> something similar at one time. However, i'm not certain how to do it
>>>>> again. If I remember, it just took an entry in fstab and an entry in
>>>>> /dev. Thanks.
>>>>> John
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