Setting up file shares in OS X

Discussion in 'macOS' started by iW00t, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    Let's say I have a 640gb firewire drive that I want to share :rolleyes:

    How do I set up a file share for it? Some of the other people who will be accessing it uses Windows too.
  2. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    You need to use the Windows File Sharing service which is basically OSX's implementation of Samba. To create additional shares, you edit the /etc/smb.conf file to specify the filepath you wish to share and what the share is to be called. A quick Google will give you example configuration files.
  3. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    OS X's networking & filesharing is a nightmare. This better change in Leopard!
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    No, it is not. Learn to use your system.
  5. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

    Aug 27, 2003
    You could make a symbolic link to your Firewire Drive to replace your Sites folder. Then when you turn on web sharing it will display a listing of files, compatible with Mac/Windows/Linux instead of the sample webpage. This is what I did before I learned about Samba sharing (played around with Linux too much before getting into OS X).

    Does this work with aliases (especially if you don't want to futz around in the terminal)?
  6. SMM macrumors 65816


    Sep 22, 2006
    Tiger Mountain - WA State
    What about it is a nightmare?
  7. brbubba macrumors 6502


    May 20, 2006
    I think he means lack of GUI management. I am sure you can do quite a lot with a config file, but your average mac user doesn't want to mess with that. And I know for myself, coming from windows, I at least expected a similar level of share management within the control panel or a utility app.
  8. MacVault macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2002
    Planet Earth
    Exactly. That is what I'm talking about. Windows GUI to network and filesharing TOTALLY BLOWS AWAY OS X's.
  9. RedTomato macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    I agree. I've struggled with network filesharing in OSX.

    I wanted to set up a FTP server, but any of my clients could see all the directories on all my disks. I couldn't find a way to just confine them to their own FTP directory.

    You can't chroot directories. (there is a workaround, but it stopped working several versions ago.

    Sharepoint is a nightmare to setup for the first time. I eventually got it working, but I don't have much confidence in it.

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