My task is to use my PC for software development and use Raspberry Pi as a controller of hardware. I have the network working. Now I need to implement samba. Have a stupid , basic , question - who is in charge of this networking? AKA who is samba server and who is client ? PC or Pi ? In my terminology - PC Eclipse work space should reside in Raspberry Pi, probably on shared external USB drive or Desktop - whichever is allowed by Linux security or is simpler and can be executed in Pi.


The server is the one running a service, any service. In this case smbd. Anyone using this service is a client. The Pi3 is more than capable of serving SMB/CIFS, though if you get jitter, try doing it over LAN connection to see if that's the cause.

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  • Please clarify or just say yes - if I want to share device , such as USB drive on Pi will I program / set it as samba SERVER?Sorry to be so dense , but...terminology is sometime confusing ( to me ) confusing or vague. – Jan Hus Jul 24 '17 at 23:11
  • @JanHus Your Pi is a server. – user2497 Jul 24 '17 at 23:23

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