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Using old netbook as NAS and mpd server

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I have ASUS netbook eeePC 1005PX and it is one of my favourite possession. I bought it in 2010 and used it heavily till 2015 or 2016. I used to carry it with me everywhere, to my client meetings, to cafes and it was my secondary work machine for doing proper work. I had Windows installed in it but later switched to fedora with xfce desktop. It is not at all fast but gets the work done. I was not using it for a long time, I didn try to use it for some side projects but didn't do much with it.

I had Raspberry pi in India, I bought it when it came out and used it as a network storage and also as an mpd server. Although I do use Amazon Music, Spotify and YouTube for listening to music once in a while but I was missing my own mpd server. After moving to UK I never really got a chance to set it up. Today is the day.

1 Turn on the netbook

Yeah it turned it on. I had the Indian plug but I found a UK plug which I connected to the power adaptator and all good.

2 Install and enable ssh

dnf install openssh-server

Check the status of sshd.

systemctl status sshd

If it is not running then run it.

systemctl start sshd

I already have openssh-server installed so I just had to run the service and make sure it starts on boot.

systemctl enable sshd

3 Setup the hostname

It is good to have a hostname of the machine.

hostnamectl set-hostname ravi-netbook
hostnamectl status

4 Install Samba

dnf install samba

5 Grant Samba write permission to the file system

We have to modify few things in fedora SELinux.

setsebool -P smbd_anon_write=1

Verify that it has been set correctly.

getsebool smbd_anon_write

You will see an output like this. smbd_anon_write --> on

If you don't use SELinux then just disable it completely.

setenforce 0

6 Enable and start smb services

systemctl enable smb.service
systemctl start smb.service

7 Setting permissions of the share directory.

It is not good to set 777 as the permission but I was in hurry and I will come back to fix the permissions when everything is working fine.

sudo chmod 777 /srv/public

Time to change the ownership of this directory.

sudo chown ravisagar:ravisagar -R /srv/public

8 Samba configurations

Add this in your /etc/samba/smb.conf file and restart smb.


path = /srv/public
comment = Public Folder
read only = No
public = yes
writable = yes
write list = samba
create mask = 0777
directory mask = 0777

Again, please make sure the permissions work for you.

9 Mounting external drive, well it is easy :)

Check connected drives.


Then mount it to a folder that you can create in your /srv/public directory.

sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /srv/public/backup1_2tb/

Mount with specific user's permission using mask

sudo mount -o umask=0022,gid=1000,uid=1000 /dev/sdb1 /srv/public/backup1_2tb

You can check your id using id command.

Mount using the UUID. First find the UUID of connected devices.

sudo blkid

Un mount previously mounted drive.

sudo umount /srv/public/backup1_2tb

Then mount using the UUID.

sudo mount UUID=ADFC5DDFFC5CF68DF /srv/public/backup1_2tb/

Now make sure this drive is mounted on reboot. So add this in your /etc/fstab

UUID=ADFC5DDFFC5CF68D /srv/public/backup1_2tb   auto    defaults        0 2

Reboot your computer and test if the drive is mounted.

sudo shutdown -r 0

Mounting second external drive.

I had to install fuse-exfat before mounting my second hard disk.

sudo dnf -y install exfat

10 Conclusion

So I hope you enjoyed reading this blog. It is not very proper setup but suitable for home I guess :)

That is it. Enjoy.

Having a samba share has multiple benefits. You have storage which is always accessible, also I use this storage's path in my mpd configuration. I wrote about how to configure mpd and ncmpcpp where I explain how to setup a server and client. In the configuration of mpd you have to specify the location of the songs. It could be local or a remote.

On mac when you add a network storage it is added at /Volumes/public.