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Old 02-03-2003, 09:48 AM   #1
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Question File Sharing Linux and XP


I'm new to Linux and I recently installed RedHat 8.0. I have it connect to a XP machine. Everything seems to be networked correctly. I can get an IP address, ping, and get to the Internet through the XP machine.

I would like to file and print share between the two computers. I having trouble firguring it out.

Anyone out there able to help me out?

Old 02-03-2003, 09:52 AM   #2
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You have to go thorough a program called samba. I and many others are having great difficulty getting it to work with XP however. You probably want to check out for more details.
Old 02-04-2003, 02:11 AM   #3
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Assuming you are behind a router/firewall and running private IP addresses such as 192.168.x.y-- check to see that you have stopped IPTABLES firewall which was probably enabled during RH8 install.

also search this site for "XP" and "samba" posts.
Old 02-04-2003, 10:25 AM   #4
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I use LinNeighborhood ( as the GUI frontend for setting up my SAMBA file sharing. Works a treat and has very good documentation.
Old 02-04-2003, 11:02 AM   #5
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The only problem I've been having of late with samba and my Windows machines is that when Samba becomes the browse master on my network, no one can browse the network anymore. As long as one of the Win machines is the browse master everything works like a charm. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to fix this?

I've tried every combination of the following to fix it, but to no avail:

local master = yes/no
domain master = yes/no
preferred master = yes/no
os level = 1/34
Old 02-05-2003, 05:08 AM   #6
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Everyone makes this whole Samba vs Windows thing extremely hard. It's not. You just had to change security to share, and add a simple few lines at the end to share......

comment = Network Share Space
path = /tmp/netshare
read only = no
writeable = yes
public = yes
Old 02-05-2003, 07:36 AM   #7
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Sometimes security at the share level is not secure enough for people. Samba really is NOT that easy to do right. Yes, it is easy to get working using the bare minimum, but setting up a secure and working Samba server can be difficult, especially for a newbie so I see where RSB99 is coming from. Just look at my thread on Samba and XP. It's took 3 pages worth of comments before we got it all figured out.
Old 02-05-2003, 12:43 PM   #8
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This link is just the SIMPLEST way to get things shared. I throuhg together a little something to get the beginers going, as am I. This is the easiest way to share something on the network.
I hope it helps!



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