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Okay, here's the story (and I mean story):

I have a 'p90 with win95' and an 'alpha233 with winNT and now RH linux'. Of course, with the 2 DOS systems it was easy to share files and communicate. Well, having just put RH linux 6.0 on the alpha (still have the DOS paritition(s), too) I was wondering how to do some of things I used to with NT:

1. With NT, all I did was stick TCP/IP and NetBUI on there and mess with a couple things and presto, I could grab files, nice and easy. How do I do that with linux?

2. Since I do have DOS partitions on the alpha, is there a way I can at least share files locally? I tried mounting a drive (2 drives on the alpha) that's entirely DOS and it didn't seem to work. (I've been hesitant to try again since it takes a while to format).

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Well, it sounds to me as if you need SAMBA.  By running samba on your linux system, you can create shares that can be accessed by windows systems through network neighborhood.  By the same token, samba can act as an SMB client for use in accessing shares on dos/windows machines.  SAMBA comes standard with RH 6.0 and chances are you installed it already.  Look in /etc for a file called smb.conf.  This is your SAMBA configuration file.  Take a look at it to get familiar with it.  This is the only file you will need to configure to get SAMBA to work.  The only thing to do after correctly configuring this file is to start samba services, which is as easy as the command "samba start" (without the quotes).  However, there are a great many oprtions available for SAMBA as you can see from the smb.conf file.  To get a clearer picture and step-by-step setup instructions, go to:

http://www.redhat.com/mirrors/LDP/HOWTO/SMB-HOWTO.html

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I'll be sure to check it out as soon as I get some time with my system. Just wondering...what about the local DOS paritions, will samba cover those?
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Well, that SAMBA is not necessary for that.  When you create your partitions during the Linux installation using Disk Druid, you can select the DOS partition and give it a mount point name, which will then be accessible from within Linux.
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That's what I thought, but just figured I'd ask since I mentioned that as part of the problem...and it didn't like being mounted last time...
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That's what I thought, but just figured I'd ask since I mentioned that as part of the problem...and it didn't like being mounted last time...
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Yeah, it is a little unstable, and it can cause problems if you aren't careful.  Windows file permissions are absent or lacking in most cases and this can cause some heartache.  Also, the carriage return/line feed issue is one to be dealt with as well.  SAMBA is a goot tool, however, and you should find it quite useful.  There is a great deal of documentation on this application on the web, but O'Reilly just put their book on SAMBA out last month, and I hear it is a winner.

Good Luck with your new undertakings.
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Hey thanks! Samba worked fine, nice & easy since the the smb.conf file is well commented. I was also happy to find that it can act as a domain logon server...
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