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Old 12-01-2002, 09:15 AM   #1
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samba redhat-windows file sharing

i've just installed redhat 8.0 on my machine upstairs and i would like to share files with the windows xp machine downstairs.
how do i do it?
a couple of things about my network that may be helpful,
its a wireless network, i can share files between the windows xp machine downstairs and the windows xp side of my machine.
i did try and install a package from the redhat installation disk which said it provided linux ti windows file sharing but it said it couldn't because samba common 2.2.5 was present. i did try and install samba common 2.2.5 from the rpms on the redhat disk but it said that a newer version was already installed.
so i'm stuck!!!!
Old 12-01-2002, 09:28 AM   #2
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you want samba. please search this site for help as well as the docs at and the samba howto a
Old 12-02-2002, 05:54 PM   #3
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go to kttask --- server settings ----- services

look for smb if you see it means that samba is installed make sure the you hignlight it and hit restart, this will wake up samba.
once this is done go to

/etc/samba/ look for smb.conf this file is the setting files,
look where says

global ------

workgroup= here type your workgroup nake usually workgroup.

save it

restart samba ( not reboot linux does not need reboot on if you add hardware)

and go to a xp box and you should be able to see the linux box

if you want to share fles,

on etc/samba/smb.conf

look for



un comment or removed this ; from the lines on secction of shares.

good lock and wellcome to linux
Old 12-03-2002, 02:59 PM   #4
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thank you balam
Old 01-18-2003, 10:16 AM   #5
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Hi, i'm trying to do something similar to what rigolo is/was doing, except all the machines on the netword (aside from the Redhat one) are running Windows 98SE. I can see "Server" from Network Neighbourhood, but i can't access any files - i get the message "\\Server is not accessable. The computer or sharename could not be found..."

I have several of the sections uncommented from smb.conf, but i've tried it with just one. Do each of these sections show up as a different shared folder?
   comment = Temporary file space
   path = /tmp
   read only = no
   public = yes
Anyone got any suggestions?
Thanks for any help.

Old 01-18-2003, 11:49 AM   #6
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Ah, its ok, its suddenly started working. I really dn't know what i did to it tho :s

Thanks to balam for getting me started.

Old 01-27-2003, 03:43 AM   #7
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I had same problem

(newbie speaking)

I wonder if somehow the redhat update tool got the samba packages messed up.

I got the same messages about samba...i.e. it thought I had samba
2.2.7-2 already,
yet smb didn't show up as described above. So I couldn't start it.
If I tried loading older versions, it complained I had 2.2.7-2 already.

So I downloaded the 2.2.7-2 packages and did

rpm -u samba-2.2.7-2*




Now I get smb in the services, as described above.

Old 08-05-2003, 08:47 AM   #8
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go to kttask --- server settings ----- services
I'm in rh 9, and I can't find this.... where's kttask?


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