>at our office, we recently have installed a linux PC, being part of a large
>The other 4 PCs are running win98 and are connected to the network as well.
>what must be done in order to allow all 4 PCs to read and write files from a
>drive attached to the linux PC???
Large network with 5 PCs :^) .
>Please provide sufficient information, I am a Linux newbie ; - )
>Thank you in advance!
I have a setup at work similar to yours. RedHat 5.2 originally but
the notes below should apply to your SUSE distribution. I am not
concerned about security within my work group, so I'm letting any user
have access to the shared Zip drive.
1. Install Samba. This probably comes with your Linux distribution.
Or www.samba.org . Setup sometimes
2. To use DOS-formatted Zip disks with my external SCSI Zip-100 drive,
I added the following in my /etc/fstab file:
/dev/sda4 /mnt/zip vfat user,exec,dev,noauto,rw,umask=000,suid 0 0
3. In my Samba configuration file, /etc/smb.conf, I have the section:
path = /mnt/zip
read only = no
writable = yes
public = yes
4. A difference from using Zip drives directly on a Windows machine is
that you have to explicitly mount and unmount the zip disks on the
Linux machine when you insert or eject the disk. Unmounting can be an
annoyance since all of the Windows machines have to relinquish any
connections to the shared zip drive before the unmount will succeed
(This is good, since it protects data on the disk from corruption).
5. After mounting, from the Windows machines use Explorer to "map
as you would any shared folder on another Win machine.
Email directly if you have any questions about the above.
-- regards, SP