Re: How NOT to use Samba?

From: Lew Pitcher (
Date: 09/27/04

Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 14:34:37 -0400

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B Gruff wrote:
> This is embarrassing:-(
> I've only just realised that I don't really need Samba, do I?
> It's just to communicate with Windows machines on a mixed network?

It offers native network access to Linux (Unix) resources to Microsoft Windows
operating systems. It's best use is with MSWindows clients, but it is capable
(poorly) of offering access to other clients as well.

> I'm now in the daft position of having 3 Linux machines talking to
> each other via Samba/CUPS. Would I do better to just stop Samba/
> If so, what takes it's place?

Yes. Samba offers a poor alternative to NFS in the Unix-to-Unix world

Put up a NFS server and your Linux machines will be able to 'mount' export
directories with full Unix permissionbit access.

For remote printing, CUPS can talk to CUPS (or LPRNG, or even LPR), so you
probably only need a config change, and don't need new software to enable this.

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Lew Pitcher
IT Consultant, Enterprise Data Systems,
Enterprise Technology Solutions, TD Bank Financial Group

(Opinions expressed are my own, not my employers')
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