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OK, I've done a search for Samba on the Newbie section and trawled through all the postings, but can't find anything that quite equates to this Samba problem.
First off, I'm running Mandrake 8.1 for Girly (Ex) Wind*ws users. I downloaded an RPM from Mandrake Cooler and can start Samba with
from the command line.
When I go to the Wind*ws machines on my Notwork Neighbourhood I can see
and its description
Rob's Linux Box 2.2.0
So I know *certain* things in my smb.conf file are working. However, I don't understand thie Localhost name, I thought I'd changed the name to "Linux" and confirmed that with netconf which tells me it's Linux.locadomain (For the life of me I can't remember where I originally set that up - my brain is spinning now!)
Now, when I click on "Localhost" in Network neighbourhood, it tells me in a lovely little dialogue box.:
"Localhost is not accesible
The network path was not found"
If it's not found, how is it seen in Network Neighbourhood?
As for getting the Linux box to see the Wind*ws machines, no luck at all.
Is that enough info for anyone to tell me exactly what I'm doing wrong and what an eejit I am? ;-)
1) put a real name on your machines
(anythinh else than 'localhost' which is a self-reference)...
in linux /etc/hostname....
in windows: always changing
2) install SWAT , it is a really smart web interface tool to manage samba sharings, and it is self-documented (I mean, there is an 'help' near eache single option)
3) a 'hosts' file could be useful too :-)
this file is put in /etc/hosts or c:\windows\hosts
it is just filled with your 2 computers ip and names....
>As for getting the Linux box to see the >Wind*ws machines, no luck at all.
this is a real pain, you can't use windows name (at least I can't) you have to use the IP address (or to set up the 'hosts' file)