View Full Version : [xubuntu] [SOLVED] Viewing shares of other computers

May 13th, 2008, 11:21 PM
I installed Xubuntu 8.04 onto my ~8 year old laptop replacing Ubuntu 8.04. So there are differences between the two and I take a learning curve head on however I can't find a menu item on viewing the shares of other computers, and the computers in my workgroup. I remember in Ubuntu I would go to Places->Network or something like that. Where do I go to view network devices and their shares?

On a unrelated note, what command do I type to restart Samba?


May 13th, 2008, 11:29 PM
To restart Samba: sudo /etc/init.d/samba restart

May 14th, 2008, 12:32 AM
Xubuntus default file manager thunar doesn't support browsing samba/windows shares, you can however mount a fusesmb filesystem at some location in your system and use that to access these shares. Heres one howto (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=304131), there should be a few with similar content.

There are other alternatives such as mounting a specific share at boot, or using applications such as pyNeighbourhood for browsing the network, of course these are not as integrated as the first solution. Finally you can install and use nautilus (ubuntus file manager) on xubuntu, but that may cause other issues.

May 19th, 2008, 10:02 PM
How do you set xubuntu to mount a shared folder on a windows machine at boot using /etc/fstab?

May 19th, 2008, 10:20 PM
That may not be a good idea. I don't know what will happen if the Windows machine isn't on. All hell may break loose.

May 19th, 2008, 10:40 PM
It's not a disaster, at most you'll get a (long-ish) delay on boot and then no access to the remote drive.

You might have to install the smbfs package.

The syntax should be in your mount.cifs man page.

man mount.cifs

The fstab syntax should be something like

//servername/sharename /mnt/pnt auto user=fred,password=fredpw 0 0

May 19th, 2008, 11:23 PM
This should contain everything you need to mount windows shares at boot: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/MountWindowsSharesPermanently

May 20th, 2008, 12:14 AM
Here (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=800313&highlight=cifs)is a new mounting method for Hardy.