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Old 07-07-2005, 01:24 AM   #1
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Trying to get SAMBA working "Unable to find any workgroups in your local network."

Whenever I type smb:/ into the url bar in konqueror I get the following message.

"Unable to find any workgroups in your local network." What does this mean? How can I add workgroups? I can access specific computers if I type in their ip but I'd like it if samba were to just work.

I've tried various samba.conf's and this is the latest

workgroup = PANTHEON
security = user
encrypt passwords = yes
guest account = guest
wins support = yes
local master = yes
os level = 99
domain master = yes
preferred master = yes


Copied pretty much verbatim from a Gentoo source.Whenever I try and access the share from the computer samba is running on I get the unable to find any workgroups error. Any help would be appreciated.

Thank you,

Old 07-08-2005, 02:32 PM   #2
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Any help would be appreciated
There's a good "Any" key kind of joke in there somewhere ... But seriously:

Although this is probably only a Samba problem, it might be really helpful to know what distro you are using -- how about adding it to your profile?

Similarly what version of Samba are you using? I will assume 3.something.

Also, why not put your location in your profile? Sometimes it will illuminate differences in language or usage. (Tongue in cheek -- no flames please -- I am fairly fluent in English, French, & Texan. Also, I understand Brit & Aussie...)


I am not (yet) a Samba expert, just trying to become one.
As with all advice in GNU/Linux: "If it breaks, you get to keep the pieces."

I am running SimplyMEPIS 3.3 on this box,
I did nothing special about Samba (3.0.10-1) during install,
I have made only 2 minor changes to my smb.conf,
I see my network/workgroup "whenever I type smb:/ into the url bar in konqueror" (just did so).
BTW, have you tried smclient or Smb4K? I am assuming you would have the same problems with them.

Comparing my smb.conf to your samba.conf, the following ideas occur to me:

"workgroup = PANTHEON"
I assume that you have set the workgroup to "PANTHEON" in each of your networked Winders (tm) boxen. Also, although I don't think it makes any difference, my workgroup name is in lower case.

("hosts allow = ...") -- missing
I don't know if this line is necessary, but mine is:
hosts allow = 127. 192.168.nnn.
where nnn is my chosen "Class C" subnet number, and "127." enables loopback. Again, I assume that all your boxen are on the same subnet & have assigned IP's, either fixed or through dhcp.

"security = user"
I doubt this is the problem, but you might try "security = share" temporarily.

"wins support = yes"
Another thing to disable during debugging.

"local master = yes"
"os level = 99"
"domain master = yes"
"preferred master = yes"
These imply you are running a Domain not just a workgroup. Is this true? If not change these 4 to:
"domain master = no"
"preferred master = no"
permanently. If you do want a domain (& Active Directory) then maybe a temporary change would help.

Not a s[a]mb[a].conf issue, & I am not even sure I even remember correctly; but I believe I read that if there are no shares enabled on any of your Winders(tm) boxen, then the workgroup will be invisible.

Addition Info
In case it's helpful, here's my smb.conf:
;*******************section global*****************

# Do something sensible when Samba crashes: mail the admin a backtrace
panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d
printing = cups
workgroup = ________
server string = %h server (Samba %v)
#hosts allow = 192.168.0. 192.168.1. 192.168.2. 127.
hosts allow = 127. 192.168.___.
passdb backend = tdbsam guest
dns proxy = no
max log size = 1000
security = share
restrict anonymous = no
domain master = no
preferred master = no
max protocol = NT
ldap ssl = No
server signing = Auto
Copied & pasted verbatim, except "_"'s are substituted for personal info, & the share sectons are omitted.

Hope this helps, please be sure to post your outcome.


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