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  1. #1
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    Ubuntu samba share no longer accessible - The group name could not be found

    Hi,

    I set up some samba shares on my Ubuntu box using this great guide http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=202605, and they were working superbly until recently. I can no longer access my shares on my Ubuntu box from my Windows boxes and this error pops up "The group name could not be found". I haven't made any changes to the samba shares or network setup since I set it up. Accessing shares on my Windows boxes from the Ubuntu box still works fine. Any ideas?

    Thanks for the assistance, much appreciated!

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    Re: Ubuntu samba share no longer accessible - The group name could not be found

    I have the same problem, and it started just now too. Samba is a timebomb?

    Syslog says

    create_builtin_users: Failed to create Users
    EDIT -- commenting out force user and force group in smb.conf worked like a charm. I'm stumped.

    Example:
    [Music]
    path = /media/misc/Music
    browseable = yes
    read only = no
    guest ok = yes
    create mask = 0755
    directory mask = 0755
    # force user = <snipped>
    # force group = <snipped>
    Last edited by Jay_R; July 17th, 2008 at 03:03 AM.

  3. #3
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    Ubuntu 8.04 Hardy Heron

    Re: Ubuntu samba share no longer accessible - The group name could not be found

    I also had samba shares working for ages, and then they stopped working a little while ago. Like the post above, commenting out the force user and force group lines in smb.conf solved the problem.

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    Re: Ubuntu samba share no longer accessible - The group name could not be found

    Commenting out worked for me.

    THANK YOU!

  5. #5
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    Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx

    Re: Ubuntu samba share no longer accessible - The group name could not be found

    Worked here also. Went into /etc/samba, then opened smb.conf with "gksu gedit" and made the change. Restarted samba with "sudo /etc/init.d/samba stop" then "sudo /etc/init.d/samba start". I saw results immediately. Thanks for the tip.

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    Re: Ubuntu samba share no longer accessible - The group name could not be found

    Thanks so much for the help. Been Stumped for days!


    I can't remember how many times i've combed the samba file to figure it all out. Much apprieciated!

    Cheers,
    Utemetsu

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    Re: Ubuntu samba share no longer accessible - The group name could not be found

    I did an upgrade to latest ubuntu distro (from 8.04 to 8.10) and Samba was updated to 3.23 which fixed issue.

    It shows as BUG 5696 fix http://samba.org/samba/history/samba-3.2.2.html, but look out! Me thinks between 3.23 and 3.32 it will break again because the 3.32 release shows BUG 6155 http://samba.org/samba/history/samba-3.3.2.html fixed...

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