Request for Tech Support

Charles Marcus CharlesM at
Tue Oct 16 06:31:09 GMT 2001

Hi Juli,

Sounds like you're where I was about 6 months ago (although I'm not all that
much farther along now - haven't had nearly as much time as I'd like to play
with it)... I'm a hardware (and Mac) guy from way back, and for the last 3
years I've been masquerading as an NT guy... Linux is definitely different,
but I like it more every time I install it.

There are a number of different text editors you can use to edit smb.conf.
vi is one (I use it, but hate it ;), emacs and pico are others.  You should
be able to execute them from anywhere, so you'd do:
cd /directory-where-smb.conf-resides (in Redhat 7.1, its in /etc/samba/
vi smb.conf (or pico smb.conf, etc)

Or, of course, you could just do:

vi /etc/samba/smb.conf

Pico is definitely easier to use, but you have to be very careful with it,
because it has the bad habit of adding hard returns to the config file (if
any of the lines are longer than the default width of the terminal window),
so you'll have to be sure and remove these before saving or it breaks
things.  If you are gonna be doing a lot of this, I highly recommend
learning  the basic vi commands (man vi).


Is this 7.0?
If so, thats one problem - 7.0 was very broken in many ways...

The distros have come a long way since Redhat 7.0.  7.1 is much better, and
7.2 is just around the corner.  I also highly recommend Mandrake now (it was
very weak in the Server arena, but 8.1 changed all that).

I'll be learning Debian soon - I think its probably the distro I'm gonna
settle down and get warm and fuzzy with eventually...

Good luck and remember to have fun with it!

Charles Marcus

-----Original Message-----
From: samba-admin at [mailto:samba-admin at]On
Behalf Of Juli L. Jacobs
Sent: Tuesday, October 16, 2001 8:40 AM
To: samba at
Subject: Request for Tech Support

I have been working with Windows/DOS all my life and I am totally Linux/Unix
illiterate. My boss just bought a new Dell server and I am trying to
configure Linux RedHat 7 on the box. Can one of you geniuses please tell me
in simple English how to edit the smb.conf from the command line. I can't
get the swat program (or XFree86 for that matter) to work on my machine. I
would really appreciate any assistance you can render. Thank-you... I will
certainly be happy to contribute Pizza money if you guys can help me or
point me towards any reference material that is written in a simple language
that I can understand.

Juli L. Jacobs
Mgr Network Operations
Sedata Payroll Express
julij at

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