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Old 05-10-2004, 12:23 PM   #1
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Samba browsing from fedora 1

Okay, this is probably a dumb question. Sorry in advance...

I have a system loaded here at work with Fedora 1. Gnome is installed and it boots to the GUI.

Now, I have two similar systems at home, one running FC1, and the other RH9. In both of my home systems, I am able to click the "network servers" option on the red hat menu, and browse (graphically) the other samba servers (windoze and linux) in my workgroup. This was the default behaviour, and did not require any set up on my part.

The system at work is in a windows domain, which is a difference, however it is otherwise the same. As you may have guessed, the same action as above does not yield the same results. Instead, it does nothing for almost a minute, and then the following message pops up, and I am returned to my home directory:

Couldn't display "smb:///" , because no host "(null)" could be found. Check that the spelling is correct and that your proxy settings are correct.

If I point the browser to a specific share, ie:


I am propted for a username and password. Assuming that the domain log in provided is correct and has permissions to the share, it works.

On another system i had here in the domain (which is unfoirtunately gone now) I was able to browse the network as I do at home, and would only be prompted for and ID and password when actually trying to access the server.....

Any thoughts / help will be appreciated.



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Old 05-10-2004, 06:23 PM   #2
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I'm not sure if this is where your problem lies, but I would say try manualing eding /etc/lisa.conf I believe that whats used to browse the network, also, it might just be that lisa isn't running.

Just a few ideas off the top of my head.
Old 05-10-2004, 10:25 PM   #3
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I'm having a similiar problem, I thought I'd throw my $.02 in. When my computer was running redhat 9, I could also use the gui to browse the network (workgroup at home, Winblows domain at work). I put FC1 on my home machine, (clean install, not an upgrade) and now I also get your error "Couldn't display "smb:///" , because no host "(null)" could be found. Check that the spelling is correct and that your proxy settings are correct."

I edited the lmhosts file to include the ips of the 3 machines on my home network, and I still get that pesky message.

I have no lisa.conf in my /etc/ directory - did you mean /etc/samba/smb.conf?

My work machine (still on redhat 9 can gui its way into the network, but then whenever I get asked for a username and pass, I get rejected. I have a valid domain username and pass, but they don't get me even read access on the windows file server.

Samba has been far and away the biggest nightmare of my linux experience.

Old 05-11-2004, 08:39 AM   #4
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Well, I don't have a lisa.conf file either. (I'll have to check at home to see if I have one there...perhaps this is the problem)

Jim, one thing I've found is that I can only access network shares if the username I'm logged in with on the linux box is the same as the domain username. (the password doesn't seem to matter. ) At some point i'm going to make the attempt to get the linux box to authenticate to the windows domain.... but I'm not quite ready yet. (Last time I tried this I was completely locked out of the box and had to reinstall )

In any event any further thoughts out there? It's not critical that I be able to browse, but it comes in handy at times.



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