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Old 10-02-2005, 12:15 AM   #1
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Connecting to Linux box from Windows with Samba

I'm using Slackware 10.2 and just downloaded/installed Samba. I've got it set so my Linux box (LINUXBOX), is in the same Workgroup (MSHOME) as my Windows box (THUMPER). I can mount THUMPER's shares onto LINUXBOX as a guest. But I can't access any LINUXBOX shares from THUMPER. When I try to browse LINUXBOX, I get a login screen and nothing works!

All I want is a simple public share on LINUXBOX that one doesn't need to log in to. But even if I could get logging in to work, I be happy. I've read some stuff saying your Windows usernames need to be the same as your Linux usernames.. is that really true or is there another way. That seems incredibly inconvenient; moreso than the idea of Samba in general.

My smb.conf file as listed by testparm:
  workgroup = MSHOME
  server string = Bedroom
  log file = /var/log/samba/samba.%m
  max log size = 50
  dns proxy = No

  comment = Home
  read only = no
  create mask = 0750
  browsable = No

  path = /usr/public
  read only = No
  guest only = Yes
  guest ok = Yes

  comment = All Printers
  path = /var/spool/samba
  printable = Yes
  browsable = No
/usr/public is chmoded to 777. But it still appears to be a problem with permissions/users.

Any suggestions on getting this thing working correctly?
Old 10-02-2005, 03:15 AM   #2
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well, first make sure you dont have a firewall on the linux box on, that could be the problem.

2nd, I'd try makeing the shared folder in the homes directory, and make it browsable

here is what I have my smb.conf set as:

comment = Home Directories
browseable = yes
writeable = yes
guest ok = yes

comment = shared
path = /home/john
browseable = yes
writeable = yes
guest ok = yes

if you want you can view my entire smb.conf file

For me I made a john account and made its home directory the shared folder.

of course the "john" folder is chmoded to 777.
Old 10-02-2005, 03:36 AM   #3
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Or maybe try to login as Administrator and give the root password.
I had the same problem. I don`t remember what I did in the config, but finally, I managed to login with that username.
Old 10-02-2005, 04:02 AM   #4
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In the global section add or edit security so that it is set to shared. This setting is used to test SAMBA configuration, but you can use it for personal setups.

In the public section add:
force directory mode = 0777
force create mode = 0666

This will make directories have a permission of 777 or read, write, and execute. Also it will make files 666 or read and write.
Old 10-02-2005, 04:52 AM   #5
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Firewall (ports 137-139) is probably issue, besides you have to create samba users with 'smbpasswd -a username'. These usernames/passwords are the ones you have to use when connecting the network drive in windows. Usernames and passwords in Windows and Linux do NOT have to be the same (they can be, but not necessary).
Old 10-02-2005, 08:58 AM   #6
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Just read your full smb.conf, so my suggestion is of no use

Last edited by fotoguy; 10-02-2005 at 09:05 AM.
Old 10-02-2005, 11:01 AM   #7
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I didn't want the [homes] section, so I have it working with the following setup:

   workgroup = MSHOME
   server string = Bedroom
   security = share
   hosts allow = 192.168.1. 127.
   load printers = yes
   log file = /var/log/samba.%m
   max log size = 50
   socket options = TCP_NODELAY 
   dns proxy = no 
   guest ok = yes

   comment = Linux Share
   path = /home/shared
   browsable = yes
   writable = yes

   comment = All Printers
   path = /var/spool/samba
   browseable = no
   guest ok = yes
   writable = no
   printable = yes
I didn't even have to create a new user on the Linux box; just the /home/shared directory, chmoded to 777. I can even print to my Linux printer now, woo hoo! Thanks for helping me on this; it's very nice to share stuff between computers!
Old 10-04-2005, 09:28 AM   #8
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And thanks for posting your solution.


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