Sometimes you just want to quickly set up Samba with a public share – no authentication, world writable.
To install Samba on Debian:
apt-get install samba
Having Samba installed, just replace the contents of /etc/samba/smb.conf with the following configuration:
[global] workgroup = WORKGROUP server string = %h server (Samba, Debian) dns proxy = no log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m max log size = 1000 syslog = 0 panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d security = share encrypt passwords = true passdb backend = tdbsam obey pam restrictions = yes unix password sync = yes passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* . pam password change = yes map to guest = bad user guest account = nobody load printers = no usershare allow guests = yes [share] path = /share browsable = yes writable = yes read only = no guest only = yes create mask = 0644 directory mask = 0755
Finally restart Samba:
This works great on Debian, but should work also on other distributions!