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Old 08-01-2004, 12:00 PM   #1
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Networking in a windows network

hello all,

i have a debian rig witch is connected to a windows network.
i want to browse on a windows network but it doesnt work. there comes a message with : (running kde)

protocol not suported : lan

when i login with gnome desktop it works just fine..

what can i do so i can browse in kde?

and 1 more question...

how can you browse trough a network via your terminal or console?
Old 08-01-2004, 02:00 PM   #2
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Windows uses a protocol called SMB to share directories and services over a LAN.

Linux supports SMB in a number of ways. Nautilus is the default browser application for Gnome, and (apparantly) supports SMB itself. You can start Nautilus from KDE by hitting Alt+F2 and typing nautilus.

The more usual way to browse a Windows share on a Linux computer is to mount it. This makes the Windows share appear as part of the filesystem, usually under the /mnt/ or /media/ directory. You can either mount it yourself, using the "mount -t smbfs" command (see the "mount" man-page for more details, look for the the type smbfs) or use your distribution's setup tool to create a mount-point for it.

Once mounted, you can view the share in both the console and KDE (and any other window manager) just like any other part of the filesystem; \\windowscomp\shared\files\text.txt might become /media/files/text.txt.

If you're talking about interacting with Windows shared printers, this is a little bit harder (unless they're PostScript printers); see the CUPS documentation for instructions.

Hope that helps,

Robert J. Lee.


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