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Old 02-20-2005, 09:49 PM   #1
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Samba / Win XP problem

I'm running MDK 9.2 (I'll upgrade later) .... just reinstalled since I'm trying to create a clean build again.

I'm trying to set up file sharing (this box is intended to be a file server / web server). I got samba set up, and have been going through the tutorials, but I've got to be missing something pretty simple.

My smb.conf file looks like this:

encrypt passwords = yes
workgroup = bradford

path = /var/www/
read only = no
guest ok = yes

I've got smb running, the smbpasswd file is there and appears to be ok, etc, etc, but I can't even see the machine from network neighborhood on the XP box.

I also seem to recall there was a way to test samba from the server box (to log imitating the windows box, to at least test the configuration is working), but I can't find it this time.

I disabled the firewall on the windows box to check that, and I never installed one on the linux box. My hosts.allow file also includes the network that those are on.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
Old 02-20-2005, 11:24 PM   #2
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1'st serverside test

smbclient -L <servername>

should request passwd
just hit enter should display info and shares

now try to connect as a user

smbclient '//<servername>/var/www/' -u <userid>

might be eisier to use
as a test to avoid permission issues
you might need a blank [homes]
section in the config

hurray for the simple config to start
wins support = true
(somebody has to be the wins server) so either samba or
wins server =
and possibly
allow hosts = (use the actual addresses from your network not mine)
Old 02-21-2005, 12:16 AM   #3
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Well, I found another problem, then. I don't seem to have smbclient on this box somehow. Ran find to try and find it ... even ran a find from the root directory and did a grep for smbclient ... nothing anywhere on the box.

Did the change to the smb.conf, though, as a test, and no luck.

Possibly related(?) ... it seems name resolving isn't working on my box either. I can ping most boxes on my network, but not the windows ones ... and I can't ping sites like Can't even ping my own IP external address.

Strangely, though, my webserver is still working perfectly through all this ... so something can apparently access this box.


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