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I would like the ability to share /var/www/ on Virtual Box CentOS 6.3 VM with Windows 7 so I can:

  • Browse file tree's in my IDE.
  • Save changes without permissions conflicts during development.

I understand a place to start is in the VM's Shared Folders tab in Virtual Box. I have not been much further than that nor understand how to build the bridge I am looking for.

Also note that I do not have a desktop environment set up on my CentOS guest. I would need to do everthing from shell. This is part of the difficulty that I am having becuase several guides I've consulted are using GUI applications.

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migrated from Jan 14 '13 at 6:37

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Windows 7:

  1. Start -> Run -> compmgmt.msc
  2. Shares -> Make New Share

CentOS 6.3

# yum install samba-client
# yum install cifs-utils
# nano /etc/fstab


\\\nameOfWindowsShare /var/www/html cifs username=myWindowsUsername,password=myWindowsPassword 0 0


# mount -a
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Althoguh this share works initially, after abotu 30 minuts I am getting hangs. At this point I am unable to access the folder via Windows or CentOS and the process hangs. – Dan Kanze Jan 14 '13 at 3:49
I tried this and it killed my apache service, It seems when I mount in anything under /var/www/ it kills apache and stops it from being restarted still looking at why though but it fires an error on the "Document Root =" line of httpd.conf – Sam-Dalf Feb 11 '15 at 10:30

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