[Samba] Samba and Nautilus

Bill Wilken bill.wilken at comcast.net
Wed May 5 19:23:03 GMT 2004

Like a good many others, I encountered difficulty getting Nautilus to 
work properly with Samba, in my case using SuSE 9.0.  It now works 
properly.  Based on my experience, I offer the following suggestions.

First, before trying to do anything complex, make certain that your 
lmhosts and hosts files are configured properly.  Be sure that all IP 
addresses and host names the Linux side match exactly with those on the 
Windows side.  If you use fully qualified host names for Linux, use 
fully qualified host names for Windows.

Second, make certain that you have created exactly corresponding user 
accounts and passwords on your Linux and Windows systems.  KDE's 
Konqueror isn't fussy about this, but Nautilus is.

Third, if you run into trouble, open up a terminal window and use the 
Linux smbclient command to determine whether you can establish an 
interactive session independent of Nautilus.  If the smbclient command 
(e.g., "smbclient //hostname/sharename") fails, you have something 
incorrectly configured and Nautilus will never work.

Fourth, doublecheck spellings of host names, domain names, workgroup 
names, user accounts and password.

Fifth, use the SWAT utility to check the entries in your smb.conf file. 

Sixth, if all else fails, read O'Reilly's exhaustive and very helpful 
book, "Using Samba."

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