Jul 24, 2010
Trying to share files between Ubuntu 10.04 machines has become a continuing nightmare; it has been going on ever since the launch of 10.04.
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I have worked my way through every post and howto I can find in this forum, but without success.
I have 3 machines in my home network; 2 are on wired connections and one on wireless. Each machine dual boots Ubuntu 10.04 and Win XP.
When all machines are in XP, everything is fine. When all machines are in Ubuntu, the reverse is the case. On some I can see the other machines; on others I can only see "Windows network". In all cases, clicking on any of the icons that emerge from Places>Network, I get the "failed to mount....failed to retrieve share list from server."
Along the way, I have changed /etc/samba/smb.conf so often that I have now done a clean reinstall of Ubuntu on each machine and a clean installation of Samba. The problem remains.
I have a few specific questions, the answers to which might just lead me in new directions
1. In the smb.conf file, should the "Netbios name" entry be the name of the machine itself or the name of the Ubuntu machine that you wish to be the server.?
2. Should there be a different entry for WINS support yes/no for server and clients?
3. Many of the howtos take you to /etc/init.d/samba to start and stop samba; but that folder is not present on any of my installations. Is that OK? Do those instructions only apply to earlier versions?
4 I am totally at a loss over the WINS server entry, and what w,x,y,z are meant to be replaced with