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Ok, i'm trying to network 2 home computers together because 1 has a prob with usb, the other has a prob with cd writing and I need them to transfer files with eachother.
I got as far as having individual host names for the computers, both under the default workgroup, and I can see the other computer's shared folder, but when I try to mount it it says smb connection failed.
I am using lin neighborhood:
on the mount dialog box, I see I can I can enter in an SMB user name and password... how do I set up SMB passwords and users?
Are you using KDE? I've found that linneighborhood is a pain to get working right, while smb4k is nice and intuitive (it's a KDE application).
Are both of your computers Linux computers? In that case, you can get better performance using NFS, and nfs is a lot easier to set up than SMB. You can use both nfs and smb at the same time, if you want (can be useful if some computers are Windows).
If both of your computers are linux, and they're both using the same distribution, and you set up the users the same on both systems, then you should be able to set things up relatively easily. You can set up shared folders pretty easily through KDE, and set up connecting to those shared folders pretty easily with smb4k.
However, if the users aren't set up exactly the same on both systems, you may have an interesting time configuring SAMBA and smb4k just right...
Could you describe the operating systems of your two computers? For example, maybe they are both running Mandrake?
Also, how are the users set up? Are they both set up with just one normal user?
If the two computers are running the same OS, with just one normal user, then the users should have the same user number. As far as NFS is concerned, the same user number means the same user, so that will simplify things.
But please, give some information about what operating systems your computers are using and what the users are set up like. It's impossible to specify how to set things up without some basic information. I don't even know whether either of the computer is running Windows, or maybe one of them is a Macintosh.
Also, it would be helpful if you could give the host names of the computers, and the names of the users. That way, I can provide exact listings of what you need to put in your /etc/fstab and /etc/exports files to set up NFS. It's really incredibly simple, once you see a concrete example.