[Samba] Can't access Samba public directory from MS Windows

Katherine Chan kychan at apst.ca
Mon Dec 1 04:18:51 GMT 2003

My Linux XP (hostname "isat", IP is in the same workgroup
as my Microsoft PC running Windows 2003 (IP
On my Linux host, I have a [public] section in the smb.conf file, as shown
at the end of this message.

When I typed the command
   smbclient '\\isat\public'
the following message was displayed:
added interface ip= bcast= nmask=

I typed in the password for the owner of directory /home/public.
The following text was displayed:
Domain=[WORKGROUP] Os=[Unix] Server=[Samba 2.2.7a]

This shows that I can connect to a file service.

I then go to the DOS command screen on my Windows PC and
typed the following to map network drive g: to directory /home/public on my Linux XP
   net use g: \\isat\public

The following error message was displayed:
System error 53 has occurred
The network path was not found

I also tried the following:

>From the Windows PC
My Network Places --> Computers Near Me

I can see "isat" under the "Name" column with 
comment "Samba server"

But when I clicked on entry "isat", the following error message
was displayed:
\\isat is not accessible
The Network path was not found
I can ping the Linux IP from my Windows PC 
and I can also ping my Windows PC IP from the Linux XP
but I cannot ping the Linux hostname "isat" from the Windows PC.

My /home/public directory on the Linux XP has mode 0777 (rwxrwxrwx).
Do you know what could be causing this problem?



Some of the relevant lines in my smb.conf file are shown below:

workgroup = WORKGROUP
hosts allow =  127.
security = user
  log file = /var/log/samba/%m.log
  max log size = 0
  dns proxy = no

  comment = Home Directories
  browseable = no
  writable = yes
  valid users = %S
  create mode = 0664
  directory mode = 0775

  path = /home/public
  public = yes
  only guest = yes
  writable = yes
printable = no

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