Solved Difficulty with shared folders on Linux Mint 13

Gigabyte / Ga-78lmt-s2p
April 22, 2013 at 22:09:45
Specs: Windows 7 - 64Bit, 3.6 GHz / 8173 MB
I have posed this question on the Linux Mint 13 Newbies forum but it would seem that no-one has the answer. Note also that my system is Windows 7 but I have Linux installed in VMware.

I am having some difficulty with Folder Sharng in my VMware Linux Mint installation. At the outset when I typed /mnt/hgfs all I got was an empty folder. Note that I do have VMare Tools installed.

I ferretted about with Google and I came across this procedure:
All commands carried out as "sudo"
apt-get install open-vm-dkms
The system did this and then advised that the programme was already installed and was the latest version.

I atempted to restart VMware tools using this:
/etc/init.d/vmware-tools restart

The system did not respond.

I then entered the following sequence
mkdir /mnt/hgfs/my_shared_folder (which in this case is "Data"
mount -t vmhgfs .host:/Data /mnt/hgfs/Data

After having done this with all three shared folders I was more than happy to note that all the folders were in /mnt/hgfs/ and all the information was accessable.

I closed the system down for the day and whwn I logged on later that day and I accessed /mnt/hgfs Iwas happy to see the folders all there but when I opened (for example) "Data" the contents were all gone and I had to go throught the two steps above to get the information back.

My question therefore is this: how do I get the information to remain "saved" after a shut down and is it possible to place a shortcut on the desk top?

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April 30, 2013 at 03:51:52
Why convert? Keep both.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

April 23, 2013 at 04:40:28
I don't see why you would have to remake the directory. I could see having to remount it.

That site talks about using the "stable" version. Is that what you have?

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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April 23, 2013 at 23:12:34
Thank you guapo for the link... I have downloaded and installed the up to date version of the tools and being a bit of a newbie at this Linux game I'm not sure whether it is stable or not. I also (last night) downloaded and installed all the system updates. I have not run the updated system yet and I will do so later this evening and I'll come back.

Thank you for your interest and regards.

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April 24, 2013 at 16:55:56
I found an update which installed "Storage Device Manager" to the system. By accessing this tool Linux is capable of reading and writing to Windows partitions and they need not be mounted manually first. The tool also indicates a list of "sda" items and by clicking on them the tool will configure them.

My list indicates sda 1 and sda 5 which I understand are Linux references but it does not show my Windows partitions.

Unfortunately I am wading in deep water here and to be honest I am not at all sure of what I am doing

I think I am best to keep mounting the Windows partitions manually and revisit this automated mounting further down the track.


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April 24, 2013 at 18:23:40
What is in /etc/fstab ?

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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April 30, 2013 at 03:21:38
Sorry for the late reply I haven't been at the computer for a day or so. I haven't looked in fstab yet but I did install VMware Tools and the shared foldrs show up in /mnt/hgfs automatically now. I am just wondering whether I can put a shortcut on the desktop?

Thing is the system is working well and I'm dead scared of mucking about with it (not until I know a bit more anyway).

At the moment I am experimenting with the commands in the terminal and I'm enoying that. I might convert from Windows yet!

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April 30, 2013 at 03:51:52
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Why convert? Keep both.

How do you know when a politician is lying? His mouth is moving.

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April 30, 2013 at 22:38:57
I'll do that but I meant I would probably use Mint exclusively... I'm quite getting to like it!

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