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Old 04-10-2005, 11:37 AM   #1
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Newbie Networking Question - Can't connect to windows machines

I am brand new to linux. I installed FC3 on one of my home computers and would like to get networking enabled. Samba is installed and running on the machine and I can see the windows workgroup called "Peck Home" when I click computer>network>Windows Network, I can see the computers that are part of the workgroup, "Mary" and "Orpheus". However when I click on the computer to see the windows share directories I get the following error message.

Cannot open MARY

The filename "MARY" indicates that this file is of type "desktop configuration file". The contents of the file indicate that the file is of type "x-directory/smb-share". If you open this file, the file might present a security risk to your system.

Do not open the file unless you created the file yourself, or received the file from a trusted source. To open the file, rename the file to the correct extension for "x-directory/smb-share", then open the file normally. Alternatively, use the Open With menu to choose a specific application for the file.
Is there something I need to do to make these computers accessible?

I have also tried hitting the computer from firefox by entering
and nothing happens

Any help would be appreciated.

Last edited by Peckdaddy; 04-10-2005 at 11:38 AM.
Old 04-10-2005, 12:31 PM   #2
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To access a file (ona system is part of file-system.) it needs to be mounted (only root can do that unless specific File-systems are marked mountable byusers )
you need to check out the following.
do man mount
it will show you what's mounted and of course you can read the man page on it and fing out the options.
mount is runnable by root .. it reads the /etc/fstab file to find out what you are asking (if you give partial arguments) or you can give it
all the arguments and it will mount a file system.
You will mount a fs under a mount-point ..which is any directory in your system
so you can have a folder /mnt .. and under /mnt you can have /mnt/cd-rom /mnt/floppy /mnt/disk_part_x /mnt/windows_pc etc.
now as root type
mount //windows-pc/share-name /mnt/my_new_directory
it will ask you passwd (windows) and will mount the fs/
Most pacakges I have seen don't provide the "automount" of windows and you can't browse the fs with the web browsers.
hope it helps
Old 04-10-2005, 03:58 PM   #3
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I was able to mount the share directory by using the command
mount -t smbfs //mary/backup /home/bryan/marypc -o username=bryan
The problem I had was that my share name had a space in it and that was causing me problems. Once I changed it I was all set.


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