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Old 09-03-2006, 02:57 PM   #1
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Network shortcuts and Browsing to Network ?

Hi all

I'm not sure really if this is the proper location for this post.

It's network related sort of, but perhaps more related to the browsing to network locations.

Example problem:

I want to import my bookmarks usings lets say firefox bookmark manager, and I go to import, and I have shortcuts on my desktop to navigate to the smb shares, now in many distros I can simply select import, and then select the location and browse to desktop, then select my shortcut folder on the desktop and browse to my back up bookmarks on the server using smb shares, but in some distros it just says error, or something like error media/hda etc etc. And so I have to open the folder copy and paste my bookmarks to desktop, then use import manager and select that file from my local machine.

Also when the download manager comes up for downloading and I want to browse to the server location to save to ? server folder etc. I have this same problem. It won't browse to the server location using anything really nor the shortcuts to the server I have on my desktop?

So I'm wondering I guess why some distros can tackle this, and some cannot, I'm not sure why this happens, but it's been something I've not really been able to categories for support topic or a possible solution

Thanks for any help

Last edited by AgentZ86; 09-03-2006 at 03:01 PM.
Old 09-03-2006, 04:54 PM   #2
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I don't see what the problem is. You just mount a samba share to somewhere like /mnt/windows. Then, just create a shortcut, or a softlink to the /mnt/windows. It will show up as if it was part or your LInux box. YOu can then just copy files directly from and to the /mnt/windows.
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Well I can copy and paste files currently and smb shares are working as they should, however when using the download manager, or importing or exporting contacts, or bookmarks to or from the server, then the programs do not recognize the shortcut as a folder.
In other words I cannot navigate to the location of my saved files or bookmarks etc. in order to download to that location, or to import or export to a location within the shortcut

Example: shortcut to backupfiles on my desktop points to backup files on the server.

When opening that folder there is no problem, however when using downloads manager or saving a file from the net to a location on the server, the browser portion of the download manager does not open the shortcut folder, it seems to think it's just a file.

FYI i've since noticed that this is only true for shortcuts that point to a folder on the server that is a fat32 or ntfs drive

Anyhow I was not sure why or if there is a fix, but I was mainly curious as to what is the difference in some distros that do not have this problem and some that do.

Thanks for help


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