Pogoplug V4 - Optware and SAMBA on NAND (Internal Flash)

This is a quick publish tutorial on how to install Optware and SAMBA on the internal flash of the Pogoplug Mobile or Series 4.

The default Pogoplug OS on the Mobile and Series 4 is installed on a 112MB partition and have just enough space for installing Optware and SAMBA. Please only use this method if you're a advance user.

In general, I would recommend keeping things simple and installing Optware on the first partition of your USB Hard Drive: How to Install Optware and SAMBA on the Pogoplug

However, in certain cases it may be more advantages to install Optware directly on the internal flash of the Pogoplug.

A couple of good reason would be:

  • Your hard drive already contain data and you cannot re-partition your USB Hard Drive
  • You have multiple USB Hard Drive attached and having issue mounting /opt correctly.

Install Optware

#stop my.pogoplug.com service
killall hbwd

#remount root to be writable
mount -o remount,rw /

#create /opt folder
mkdir /opt

#download ipkg
cd /opt
wget http://download.qnology.com/pogoplug/optware/plug.tar.gz
tar -xzvf plug.tar.gz
rm plug.tar.gz

# Setup profile
cd /etc
wget http://download.qnology.com/pogoplug/optware/profile
chmod 755 profile
source /etc/profile

#update available packages
ipkg update

Install Samba

#Use /tmp as download location
#otherwise there will not be enough space
ipkg install samba36 libnsl nano -t /tmp

#download example smb.conf
cd /opt/etc/samba
wget http://download.qnology.com/pogoplug/optware/smb.conf

#The my.pogoplug.com Cloud Engine Service
#will automount attached USB drives to /tmp/.cemnt
#/tmp/.cemnt/mnt_sda1/ == first drive, first partition
#/tmp/.cemnt/mnt_sda2/ == first drive, second partition
#/tmp/.cemnt/mnt_sdb1/ == second drive, first partition
#/tmp/.cemnt/mnt_mmcblk0p1/ == SD Card, first partition

#Edit smb.conf appropriately
nano /opt/etc/samba/smb.conf

#Start SAMBA
/opt/etc/init.d/S08samba start

You should now be able to access your Pogoplug's USB Hard Drive by \\IPAddress\root$ or \\IPAddress\usb.

Make sure everything works after a reboot

#backup original rcS startup file
#restore the rcS.original file to revert
cp /etc/init.d/rcS /etc/init.d/rcS.original

#start samba on reboot
echo "/opt/etc/init.d/S08samba start" >> /etc/init.d/rcS



  1. Hi, Thanks for your guide. I installed it on my pogo plug. The installation went well. The only problem is that my samba wont accept network connections. Samba seems to be running well with Testparm command. Following is the result of my restart of samba, testparm and definition file. The pogoplug online is working good but I cant access my files on local network. Please advise. Thanks

    [root@PogoplugMobile /root]# /opt/etc/init.d/S08samba start
    Stopping nmbd:
    Starting nmbd:
    Starting smbd:
    [root@PogoplugMobile /root]# testparm
    Load smb config files from /opt/etc/samba/smb.conf
    Processing section "[root$]"
    Processing section "[usb]"
    Processing section "[usb2]"
    Loaded services file OK.
    Server role: ROLE_STANDALONE
    Press enter to see a dump of your service definitions

    netbios name = POGOPLUG
    server string = POGOPLUG
    map to guest = Bad User
    guest account = root
    log file = /tmp/var/%m.log
    max log size = 50
    load printers = No
    printcap name = /dev/null
    disable spoolss = Yes
    idmap config * : backend = tdb
    use sendfile = Yes
    write cache size = 2097152

    path = /
    read only = No
    guest ok = Yes

    path = /tmp/.cemnt/mnt_sda1/
    read only = No
    guest ok = Yes

    path = /tmp/.cemnt/mnt_sdb1/
    read only = No
    guest ok = Yes
    [root@PogoplugMobile /root]#

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