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Old 05-10-2010, 10:33 PM   #1
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Unhappy Can't see shared folders between two linux machines and one windows machine

I am trying to share folders between my laptop and desktop. The desktop runs Ubuntu 10 ,and the laptop I'm dual-booting between pclinux OS and another OS. I can't see either machine from either machine. The desktop shows a "windows network" when I go to the network location in file manager. When I run PC Linux, I can't even see the desktop which runs Linux as well, and I've tried to configure shares in the PC Linux OS Control Center, but I obviously failed. I installed gshare on the Ubuntu machine, and PC Linux has GUI tools(whew!) to configure NFS, SMB, and Deb-whatever the other one's name is. As a new convert, I've went into properties,permissions, blah,blah,blah because it's what I'm familiar with. I just wish someone would tell me if I should maybe just go back to the other OS or not, as I've had so many problems every since trying the switch. I really like this system, but it seems as if you need to be some kind of computer programmer or something to be able to do the most basic things (install software,wireless,share files). I'm not a stupid person, and what I lack in knowledge, I compensate for in desire to learn. Please help or let me know if I'm in over my head. Thanks!

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Old 05-12-2010, 01:39 AM   #2
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I don't use gui tools so if this is difficult to follow please say so..
You'll need to decide which protocol you want to use for sharing the files, the common choices are CIFS and NFS

- confirm both machines are on the same ip network
command: 'ifconfig -a'

- check whether firewalls are active on both machines
command: 'iptables -L'

If you want to use NFS:

- check that nfs exports are visible on both machines
command: 'showmount -e <ip_of_other_machine>'

Start with these and give us an update

Old 05-13-2010, 07:38 PM   #3
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Talking It works now!

Thanks for the quick response. After trying your suggestions, and researching the information I came up with, I still could not see the shared folders I created. So after editing, and re-editing my smb.conf file for another twenty times, I finally decided to re-install and try again from scratch. Ubuntu 10.04 was giving me problems in other areas as well, so it wasn't that hard of a decision. So after going back to Ubuntu 9, everything works flawlessly. I didn't even have to touch my smb.conf file. So to my relief, I'm not as stupid as I thought, and I can finally share resources again. Yay! Thank you so much for responding to me I realize I didn't give very much information, but the problem could have been anything, and I had tried everything. My faith in Linux--Ubuntu is restored! I was getting discouraged, but I wouldn't trade what I've learned for the world. Thanks again so much for taking time out to help me troubleshoot this thing.


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