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Old 10-25-2005, 02:45 AM   #1
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XP cannot see Linux PC

I have added a linux PC to a home home network of 3 PCs running XP. Using Samba, I can see shared folders on all the XP machines but none of them can see the Linux PC in Network Neighbourhood. Is there a simple reason for this? I've been looking through the documentation but cannot find anythingthing obvious. Thanks.
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Old 10-25-2005, 03:41 AM   #2
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have you check your share folder under samba if not check it and re-configure it by having an windows server or windows workgroup. in my workstation i have 3 linux all sharing thier share folder.
Old 10-25-2005, 04:10 AM   #3
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Are you running the Samba server? If not, you can't share from that machine, only read shares.
Old 10-25-2005, 02:16 PM   #4
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I think I have shared folders setup OK with Samba. I used SMB4K to see the shared folders on the Windows PCs. This may be a dumb question but how do I know if the Samba server is running? Thanks.
Old 10-25-2005, 08:45 PM   #5
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First of all there are not such a thing as a dumb question, there are only dumbs that donít ask.....

Now you can run this command to see if the samba deamon is running:
ps aux | grep smbd
I donít know what distro are you running but if is not there you need to start it up, usually there is a rc.smbd either inside /etc/rc.d or /etc/init.d/.
Check it out and fire it out.

Remember to tweak the /etc/samba/smb.conf so the server will be listed in your network neighborhood.
Old 10-25-2005, 09:22 PM   #6
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of course use samba server and it up to you wheater you want read only or read/write permission.and by the way theirs no dumb questions only dumb people who want to raise dumb questions

Last edited by bozart; 10-25-2005 at 09:39 PM.
Old 10-26-2005, 01:56 AM   #7
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found these 2 lines

root 3028 0.0 1.2 8788 3160 ? Ss 08:38 0:00 /usr/sbin/smbd -D
root 3034 0.0 1.2 8788 3148 ? S 08:38 0:00 /usr/sbin/smbd -D
root 3702 0.0 0.2 1832 580 pts/1 R+ 08:56 0:00 grep smbd

I have also been trying to connect to a printer attached to an XP machine and got this error with CUPS

Description: HP Laserjet 6L
Location: Angela's Desk
Printer State: processing, accepting jobs.
"Unable to connect to SAMBA host, will retry in 60 seconds...ERROR: Connection failed with error NT_STATUS_ACCESS_DENIED"
Device URI: smb://angela/HPLaserj
Old 10-26-2005, 02:25 AM   #8
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I'm running Debian Sarge. Also not sure how to tweak the smb.conf so here it is! I'm very grateful for the help.

# This is the main Samba configuration file. You should read the
# smb.conf(5) manual page in order to understand the options listed
# here. Samba has a huge number of configurable options most of which
# are not shown in this example
# Any line which starts with a ; (semi-colon) or a # (hash)
# is a comment and is ignored. In this example we will use a #
# for commentary and a ; for parts of the config file that you
# may wish to enable
# NOTE: Whenever you modify this file you should run the command
# "testparm" to check that you have not many any basic syntactic
# errors.

#======================= Global Settings =======================


## Browsing/Identification ###

# Change this to the workgroup/NT-domain name your Samba server will part of
workgroup = harper

netbios name=linuxbox

# server string is the equivalent of the NT Description field
server string = %h server (Samba %v)

# Windows Internet Name Serving Support Section:
# WINS Support - Tells the NMBD component of Samba to enable its WINS Server
; wins support = no

# WINS Server - Tells the NMBD components of Samba to be a WINS Client
# Note: Samba can be either a WINS Server, or a WINS Client, but NOT both
; wins server = w.x.y.z

# This will prevent nmbd to search for NetBIOS names through DNS.
dns proxy = no

# What naming service and in what order should we use to resolve host names
# to IP addresses
; name resolve order = lmhosts host wins bcast

#### Debugging/Accounting ####

# This tells Samba to use a separate log file for each machine
# that connects
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m

# Put a capping on the size of the log files (in Kb).
max log size = 1000

# If you want Samba to only log through syslog then set the following
; syslog only = no

# We want Samba to log a minimum amount of information to syslog. Everything
# should go to /var/log/samba/log.{smbd,nmbd} instead. If you want to log
# through syslog you should set the following parameter to something higher.
syslog = 0

# Do something sensible when Samba crashes: mail the admin a backtrace
panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d

####### Authentication #######

# "security = user" is always a good idea. This will require a Unix account
# in this server for every user accessing the server. See
# /usr/share/doc/samba-doc/htmldocs/ServerType.html in the samba-doc
# package for details.
security = share

# You may wish to use password encryption. See the section on
# 'encrypt passwords' in the smb.conf(5) manpage before enabling.
encrypt passwords = yes

# If you are using encrypted passwords, Samba will need to know what
# password database type you are using.
passdb backend = tdbsam guest

obey pam restrictions = yes

; guest account = nobody
# invalid users = root

# This boolean parameter controls whether Samba attempts to sync the Unix
# password with the SMB password when the encrypted SMB password in the
# passdb is changed.
; unix password sync = no

# For Unix password sync to work on a Debian GNU/Linux system, the following
# parameters must be set (thanks to Augustin Luton <> for
# sending the correct chat script for the passwd program in Debian Potato).
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
passwd chat = *Enter\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\sUNIX\spassword:* %n\n .

# This boolean controls whether PAM will be used for password changes
# when requested by an SMB client instead of the program listed in
# 'passwd program'. The default is 'no'.
; pam password change = no

########## Printing ##########

# If you want to automatically load your printer list rather
# than setting them up individually then you'll need this
load printers = yes

# lpr(ng) printing. You may wish to override the location of the
# printcap file
; printing = bsd
; printcap name = /etc/printcap

# CUPS printing. See also the cupsaddsmb(8) manpage in the
# cupsys-client package.
printing = cups
printcap name = cups

# When using [print$], root is implicitly a 'printer admin', but you can
# also give this right to other users to add drivers and set printer
# properties
printer admin = @ntadmin

######## File sharing ########

# Name mangling options
; preserve case = yes
; short preserve case = yes

############ Misc ############

# Using the following line enables you to customise your configuration
# on a per machine basis. The %m gets replaced with the netbios name
# of the machine that is connecting
; include = /home/samba/etc/smb.conf.%m

# Most people will find that this option gives better performance.
# See smb.conf(5) and /usr/share/doc/samba-doc/htmldocs/speed.html
# for details
# You may want to add the following on a Linux system:
socket options = TCP_NODELAY

# The following parameter is useful only if you have the linpopup package
# installed. The samba maintainer and the linpopup maintainer are
# working to ease installation and configuration of linpopup and samba.
; message command = /bin/sh -c '/usr/bin/linpopup "%f" "%m" %s; rm %s' &

# Domain Master specifies Samba to be the Domain Master Browser. If this
# machine will be configured as a BDC (a secondary logon server), you
# must set this to 'no'; otherwise, the default behavior is recommended.
domain master = no

# Some defaults for winbind (make sure you're not using the ranges
# for something else.)
; idmap uid = 10000-20000
; idmap gid = 10000-20000
; template shell = /bin/bash

#======================= Share Definitions =======================

wins support = no
restrict anonymous = no
preferred master = no
max protocol = NT
ldap ssl = No
server signing = Auto

comment = Home Directories
read only = no

# File creation mask is set to 0700 for security reasons. If you want to
# create files with group=rw permissions, set next parameter to 0775.
create mask = 0775

# Directory creation mask is set to 0700 for security reasons. If you want to
# create dirs. with group=rw permissions, set next parameter to 0775.
directory mask = 0775

# Un-comment the following and create the netlogon directory for Domain Logons
# (you need to configure Samba to act as a domain controller too.)
comment = Network Logon Service
path = /home/samba/netlogon
guest ok = yes
share modes = no

comment = All Printers
path = /tmp
printable = yes
create mask = 0700

# Windows clients look for this share name as a source of downloadable
# printer drivers
comment = Printer Drivers
path = /var/lib/samba/printers

path = /home/david/Documents/
guest ok = yes
read only = no
case sensitive = no


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