Samba Sharing in XBMCbuntu

Posted: October 4th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Linux, XBMC | Tags: , , , , | 4 Comments »

Samba is not included with XBMCbuntu (at least in 11.10), so first we have to install it:

sudo apt-get install samba

Open Samba’s configuration file in an editor

sudo nano /etc/samba/smb.conf

Scroll down to the bottom of the file and add the following sections, which will create a public share with read/write access without password validation:

workgroup = Workgroup
netbios name = XBMC
server string = XBMC Server
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 50
map to guest = bad user
socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_RCVBUF=8192 SO_SNDBUF=8192
local master = no
dns proxy = no
path = /media
public = yes
only guest = yes
writable = yes
force user = xbmc

The above configuration example shares everything under the /media directory in a folder called “public”. The “force user” property must be set to a user with write access to the directory being shared. All files and directories will appear to have been created by this user.
Run “testparm” to check if your Samba configuration is parseable. For configuration changes to take effect, the Samba daemon can be restarted with

sudo /etc/init.d/smbd restart

The following screenshot shows my XBMC box sharing the /media directory which contains mount points for two harddrives (ingeniously named according to their capacities…):

4 Comments on “Samba Sharing in XBMCbuntu”

  1. 1 Ricardo said at 08:31 on October 31st, 2012:

    Thanks! I can’t understand… I’ve installed XBMCbuntu 32bits… The sistem can’t get Samba installed…
    What can I do?

  2. 2 admin said at 12:02 on October 31st, 2012:

    What error message do you get when trying to install Samba?

  3. 3 Ricardo said at 18:06 on October 31st, 2012:

    Thanks for the reply…
    I’ve installed the XBMCbuntu again, and I’ve installed Samba…
    After that I see the share but I can’t write to the folder. I’ve set CHMOD 777 “media” and now can write in to the folder.

    I’ve now another problem. My PC have 2 HDs, one of 80GB to install the OS, and the second of 2TB to Music, Videos, etc… I’m not a Linux guy, I can’t understand the steps to partition the drive and to mount the drive… and after that access the shared folder in to the data from the LAN.

    My idea is to share the 2TB HD, and acess in to it from the XBMC and from the LAN. For me is the best way if I need to format again and don’t loose data.


    Excuse-me for the bad English, but I’m Portuguese!

  4. 4 Ricardo said at 00:40 on November 1st, 2012:

    I think I’ve solved the problem… I’ve tested with a virtual machine, tomorrow i’ll make a physical installation again.

    Many thanks!

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