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Old 12-19-2004, 09:35 AM   #1
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Networking Mandrake and WinXP


Two questions for the price of one. One easy (I suspect) one more complex. Easy one first:

When I try to edit a file on the Linux machine I get an error stating I do not have the required permissions. What's that all about? I only use the machine with one user, me. Surely I should have permissions.

Onto the more complex question:

I want to use the Linux machine as a server of sorts to store files and as a always on download machine. The real bug is I can't network it with my Windows machines. I can ping the Linux machine no problem, so it's connected. I know I have to run Samba, which I have done. After that, I'm lost. I cannot "see" the Linux machine when I try and map it as a networked resource on the Windows machine.

I realise the learning curve is going to be steep from almost 20 years using MS, but I can't justify the time unless I can manage to start the Linux machine as a server, particularly as I could set up a MS based machine very quickly.

I think I need a real idiots guide to ease me in gently!
 
Old 12-19-2004, 09:44 AM   #2
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depends what your trying to edit and whre it is. If it is anything utside your home dir you have to be root to do it. in a terminal use "su" then your password. outside of that try "run..." then select as a different user ... root then enter the prog you need to edit the file and run it.

Open your Control watsit and you can setup samba shares there.
 
Old 12-19-2004, 09:46 AM   #3
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BTW avoid ROOT as much as you can, with root you can do ANYTHING to your pc. and i mean ANY THING.
 
Old 12-19-2004, 10:19 AM   #4
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depends what your trying to edit and whre it is. If it is anything utside your home dir you have to be root to do it. in a terminal use "su" then your password. outside of that try "run..." then select as a different user ... root then enter the prog you need to edit the file and run it.

Open your Control watsit and you can setup samba shares there.
I think I understand the notion of entering a password to enter root. That siad, whenever I double click on it it tells me I don't have the required permissions. Oh boy.

Anyway I've had a look at root and it seems I need to tell the machine which "shares" to set-up. When I try and do this I get a message that tells me that only shares in my home folder can be shared, seems sensible, untill I go to directories on my home directory, click on shares and get the same message. Am I being dim, or have I missed something? (again).

Althoug I know Samba is installed, how do I run it? (if it is not smb4k, that is).

Managed to get a bit further. Not entirely sure how I've done it, but my M$ machine can now "see" the Linux one. At least it can see the group mdkgroup and the machine. It seems all I have access to is printers and faxes though.

Any more pointers?

Last edited by NomadABC; 12-19-2004 at 11:18 AM.
 
  


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