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create a samba share and user

I found a lot of posts intended to explain how to create a samba share and user that would work even connecting from a Windows box. Unfortunately lot of these tuto's simply do not work.

I was able to do the job this way:

#this creates the user in linux sudo useradd -s /bin/true (username) #this will prompt you for a password sudo smbpasswd -L -a (username) #this enables the user sudo smbpasswd -L -e (username) #creates new samba user sudo smbpasswd -a (username) #add username to smbusers file sudo nano /etc/samba/smbusers (linuxusername) = '(username)' #restart samba sudo restart smbd sudo restart nmbd#Then create a samba share:[share_name] path = /path/to/share read only = no writable = yes guest ok = no create mask = 0755 directory mask = 0755 valid users = username#Where the username is the username just above created

Scheduled updates with cron job

If you want to install updates on a server you may want it done at night when users are sleeping (hopefully).

That is not that difficult with a shell script and a cron job. The shell script takes care of calling all the update commands and the cron job schedules the executing and log the output to a custom log file.

First the shell script:

echo "\nUpdate on: $(date)\n"
echo 'Update the packages list\n'
sudo /usr/bin/apt-get update >> /dev/null 2>&1
echo '\nUpgrade to latest package version\n'
sudo /usr/bin/apt-get upgrade --yes
echo '\nUpgrade the distribution\n'
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade --yes
echo '\nCleanup\n'
sudo /usr/bin/apt-get autoremove --yes
sudo /usr/bin/apt-get autoclean --yes
sudo /usr/bin/apt-get clean --yes
# The End

The script executes after all a bit of cleanup.

Put the "" script in a folder and make it executable:

$ chmod +x

Now the cron job rule:

open crontab as root:

$ sudo crontab -…