Sharing filesystems between FreeBSD and Windows ...

Gerry Freymann lists at
Tue Nov 22 15:14:14 GMT 2005

On Tue, 22 Nov 2005 15:59:49 +0100
Kiffin Gish <kiffin at> wrote:

>I have a home network running 3 desktop machines with Windows XP Pro,
>and a webserver, fileserver and laptop with FreeBSD 5.x.
>What's the best way to be able to exchange files and directory shares
>between the two environments?
>It would also be nice to share the printer which is connected to one of
>the Windows boxes via USB.
>I hear that Samba is the way to go, but also have heard about such
>client-based utilities like Sharity-light which also do the trick.

 I would install Samba on your FreeBSD box, which would allow the XP
machines to access the resources there.

 I've used sharity-light to go the other way (freebsd -> XP) but found it
even siimpler to use the built in mount support


 The printer is doable too, although it can be more complicated depending
on what you have. Samba will assist in making that happen, and you'll
likely want apsfilter in there too.

 Good luck!


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