Share networked drives with Windows XP machine

Asked by Steve Lake on 2009-02-03

I have Ubuntu 8.04 on my desktop machine and connected to it are 2 external hard drives. I want to share documents (for example, Open Office docs) and other files (like photos in jpg format) on those drives with my wife's laptop - which runs Windows XP. The laptop connects wirelessly to our router while the desktop connects directly via ethernet cable.

How do I set this up? The community documentation on samba seems to be out of date and is confusing - not corresponding with what I can see from Ubuntu 8.04

All suggestions welcome!

Question information

English Edit question
Ubuntu samba Edit question
No assignee Edit question
Solved by:
Last query:
Last reply:
Revision history for this message
Ariel Cabral (acabral1961) said :

Hi Steve
Go to a (any) folder and make a click with the right button and you see a pop up menu, then select share options, there you will be asked to enable sharing.
Hope this helps, let me know.

Revision history for this message
Best Tom (tom6) said :

Wow, that even works if the folders are on an ext3 partition! I didn't think Windows could handle ext3 but over the network an Xp machine just wrote to a shared folder on my ext3 partition!

Revision history for this message
Steve Lake (steffanllyn) said :

Thanks Tom, that solved my question.

Revision history for this message
Steve Lake (steffanllyn) said :

Thanks; that works fine! I guess I was assuming that I'd define the sharing at the level of the drives rather than the folders.

Revision history for this message
Tom (tom6) said :

Brilliant, nicely fixed :)
Welcome to linux
Regards from
Tom :)