GUI for setting SMB password?

Asked by John Baptist

Hi. One feature that I liked in the old gnome-user-share system was the GUI for setting share passwords (as different from your login password). With nautilus-share, if I understand correctly, your share password is by default the same as your login password, unless you use smbpasswd to change it. Since I prefer to have my Samba password different from my login password, this seems unnecessarily convoluted and could be confusing for new users. So my question is: are there any plans to add a GUI for setting share passwords, either on a share-by-share basis or for each user? And if not, would you be interested in a patch for it, if I were to write one?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

The share password is not set by default.

You must run:

sudo smbpasswd -a $USER

this adds your username to the samba access list with the password you then set. You can have it different to your login password.

A single command is possibly the least convoluted thing ever. You can then define what the user has access to with sharing permissions within samba.

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John Baptist (jepst79) said :

Right, the problem with this is that there is no GUI solution. A command isn't convoluted for you and me, but it is for some people, and this is Ubuntu, after all. So the question stands if there are plans for a GUI solution to setting the Samba password, and if not, would you like one?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

You could submit it on brainstorm, or write on yourself. In Linux its very simple to do due to the documentation and liraries available.

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John Baptist (jepst79) said :

actionparsnip: If you don't know the answer to my simple question, I'd prefer that you let someone else answer it, rather than provide me with useless information.

I know that it is easy to make this change, which is why I am offering to do so. I don't need a lecture on the nature of open source development.

I ask my question simply to avoid redundancy of effort. Once again, for the third time now: is there currently any plan to implement this feature, and if not, would a patch to that effect be accepted by the maintainer of this package?

Please don't respond to this unless you are able to provide actual answers to my questions. Thank you.

If you would like to suggest an alternate venue where one can connect with the developers of this package and discover what tasks are planned and what tasks need to be worked on, I would welcome it.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

I hardly lectured....

lets see if anyone else pitches in.

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Can you help with this problem?

Provide an answer of your own, or ask John Baptist for more information if necessary.

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