[ubuntu-uk] Ideas for sharing folders

Stephen Garton sheepeatingtaz at gmail.com
Tue Jul 14 06:01:17 BST 2009

2009/7/13 Alan Lord (News) <alanslists at gmail.com>:
> On 13/07/09 22:21, Stephen Garton wrote:
>> Evening All,
>> Just want to canvas for ideas...
>> What is the best way to share a folder with multiple users over
>> multiple machines?
>> To put into context, I have been playing with UbuntuOne. I have a
>> Photos directory which is now [in the process of being] syncronised
>> for my user across 3 PC's. I have shared this folder with my wife, who
>> can now view, modify, edit and add to the collection. I would like to
>> expand this to both of our parents too (mainly for baby photos).
>> Does anyone else have anything set up like this? I am thinking
>> primarily for photos, but would like to keep away from traditional web
>> apps (Facebook, flickr, picasaweb etc). I've thought of setting up a
>> directory on my web hosting that all the users/PC's could access/have
>> mounted.
>> Any thoughts?
>> Steve Garton
>> http://www.sheepeatingtaz.co.uk
> Hi Steve,
> I set up a "dropbox" type system at home on my Ubuntu server using Samba.
> It lets everyone add stuff to the shared areas (I have three now,
> Pictures, Music and Video) but not delete [or edit]. As I have two
> younger kids this works well. Every so often I go in and delete the rubbish.
> I wrote about how to set this up here:
> http://www.theopensourcerer.com/2008/04/17/a-shared-drop-box-using-samba/
> I reckon though, with some further tweaking it might be possible to add
> edit (read/write) but still not be able to delete. This apparently
> happens at one of our customers Samba shares, but I am not sure how I
> did it :-)
> Food for thought.
> Of course you didn't say if this was "local" sharing or you needed it to
> be publicly available. If the latter then I wouldn't use Samba. (You
> could look at sshfs for mounting directories over the 'net and use key
> pairs so you don't need passwords.)

Yea, I was planning on it not being publicly available, but available
wherever I am, and for other people who I deem suitable ;). The
problem I have with my current set up is that the directory is
duplicated several times, sometimes on the same PC! Space isn't an
issue on any of the machines, but it does seem inefficient. I suppose
what I could do is set up UbuntuOne (or Dropbox to use a directory
that is accessible to all users on the machine.

Oh well, just wondering how others do this sort of thing.

Steve Garton

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