I currently have my Pi available on my home network so I can access the file system via Finder on my Mac (I used some instructions to set this up, might have been these: http://4dc5.com/2012/06/12/setting-up-vnc-on-raspberry-pi-for-mac-access/). I plan to put all of my music onto a USB drive and plug it into my Pi so that I can plug my speakers into my Pi and play from there.

It would be a bonus if I can give my housemate access to my music on the network but without her being able to log into my Pi and see everything. I have mapped the USB drive so that it is accessible at pi/media. Is there a way to make just this directory available on the network?

My friend is on a Windows PC if that makes any difference.

  • I think the standard method here is probably Samba.
    – goldilocks
    Oct 25, 2015 at 11:55
  • @goldilocks Will this be OK to add with the other tightvncserver stuff I have going on? Not going to mess up that network stuff?
    – Abbie
    Oct 25, 2015 at 12:24
  • If you want an educated guess, no, they shouldn't mess with each other (although you might be able to inadvertently configure them to do so). I imagine a lot of people use both those things together. I don't use either of them though so I can't provide an answer, just a hint about a possible answer. If you dig into questions about Samba here, at Unix & Linux and Super User, you should find a lot of stuff.
    – goldilocks
    Oct 25, 2015 at 12:42

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I go the other way. My Pi accesses my iMac with NFS. I use a utility called NFS Manager.

I can also connect to my TimeMachine with CIFS. I have heard that this way is resource intensive on the Pi, but I don't do it that often. Here's my entry from /etc/fstab:

// /media/Data2 cifs user=USERID,pass=PASSWORD,rw,uid=1000,iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm 0 0

I had NFS server software installed and working on my Pi, but I wasn't mounting any shares and it would complain at boot time. I removed the software.

A quick google search found this: http://www.htpcguides.com/configure-nfs-server-and-nfs-client-raspberry-pi/

Good luck.

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    Uh, doesn't "going the other way" make this not an answer? The OP is pretty explicit about saying she has a Pi with attached storage online that she want to access from other computers (plural), including a Mac and a Windows machine.
    – goldilocks
    Oct 25, 2015 at 14:03
  • I was warming up. Later on in the message I included a link to help configure a Pi to serve NFS.
    – Bert Shure
    Oct 26, 2015 at 15:33

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