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Old 02-15-2003, 12:38 AM   #1
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Question How to share files,folders and printer on a LAN ?

I use redhat linux 8 to connect 2 pcs using ethernet.

How do I share files or folders or printers on a LAN so that the other computer can see and access them? Is there a GUI program in redhat or any commands to type to share the files and printer ?

On the LAN,the 2 pcs use the workgroup name ONG. The hostname for each pc is: localhost.localdomain. The host IP add for each pc is:
Are the hostname and host IP address supposed to be the same or different in order to access each other on a LAN ? ( The IP address for each ethernet card is different though)

I opened a Nautilus window and typed smb: in the location bar. The workgroup ONG icon appeared. Then I double clicked on the ONG icon and only 1 icon with the name localhost appeared. This is puzzling because there are 2 computers on the LAN. ( Microsoft network showed 2 computers in win98 and xp when connected). Do you know how to determine whether this icon represents the computer I am using or the one which I am trying to access ? Or have I not successfully logged in?
I have typed smb // ( I have not shared the share folder in /home yet ) and the message was: anonymous login successful. But there is this ominous line : NT_STATUS_BAD_NETWORK_NAME error.

So now, I think I can log into the LAN using samba but am not so sure whether the pcs can see and access each other on the LAN. Do you have any ideas? Besides I am clueless on how to share printers and folders on a LAN.

Please reply quickly if you can......thanks!!
Old 02-15-2003, 01:16 AM   #2
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Well, I use LinNeighbourhood to manage my sharing. In KDE, right-clicking a folder etc gives you a tab Share - you go into it and decide who can see it, etc.

Does that help?
Old 02-15-2003, 06:14 AM   #3
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It is unclear how many computers you are trying to connect.

Are you trying to connect two Windows computers to a Linux machine?

Please clarify.


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