View Full Version : [ubuntu] XP cannot access a nautilus share

February 21st, 2010, 06:19 PM
Hi all,

This could be something totally obvious, but I've tried what I can so far. I have an XP box on my network that needs to access a shared folder on my ubuntu box. I own the folder, and I right click and click "Sharing options" and then check "Share this folder" and "guest access." I go over to my XP box and in Network neighborhood I can see the folder(s) that I have shared from Ubuntu, but when I double click I get an error message that "\\server\folder" is not accessible, you may not have permission, etc etc" I've tried setting it up through Samba as well with no luck. This seems like it should be simpler, but I'm ready to pull my hair out. Please have mercy on my noobish ways and help me! lol

February 21st, 2010, 06:47 PM
*smacks forehead* I'm running ubuntu 9.10, and heres a post of some useful info:

# net usershare info -


testparm -s

Load smb config files from /etc/samba/smb.conf
Processing section "[printers]"
Processing section "[print$]"
Loaded services file OK.
server string = %h server (Samba, Ubuntu)
security = SHARE
map to guest = Bad User
obey pam restrictions = Yes
pam password change = Yes
passwd program = /usr/bin/passwd %u
passwd chat = *Enter\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *Retype\snew\s*\spassword:* %n\n *password\supdated\ssuccessfully* .
unix password sync = Yes
lanman auth = Yes
client lanman auth = Yes
syslog = 0
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 1000
name resolve order = lmhosts host wins bcast
dns proxy = No
usershare allow guests = Yes
usershare owner only = No
panic action = /usr/share/samba/panic-action %d

comment = All Printers
path = /var/spool/samba
create mask = 0700
guest ok = Yes
printable = Yes
browseable = No
browsable = No

comment = Printer Drivers
path = /var/lib/samba/printers
guest ok = Yes

February 21st, 2010, 07:02 PM
Please post the output of the following commands:

Open Terminal
Type net usershare info
Type testparm -s

It sounds like a linux file permissions problem not a samba problem.

EDIT: You read my mind.

February 21st, 2010, 07:04 PM
Open Terminal
Type ls -dl /media/backup/tmpbu
Type ls -dl /media/storage/jessbu

I think this could have an easy fix.

February 21st, 2010, 07:09 PM
ls -dl /media/backup/tmpbu

drwxrwxrwx 11 nobody nogroup 4096 2010-02-20 23:22 /media/backup/tmpbu

ls -dl /media/storage/jessbu

drwxr-xrwx 6 phuxx0r3d phuxx0r3d 20480 2009-10-20 17:15 /media/storage/jessbu

February 21st, 2010, 07:19 PM
Well, I thought this was going to be an easy fix but unfortunately the linux permissions on those directories look correct for what you want to do.

The first thing I would check are the parent directories permissions. You meed to have read access enabled on /media/storage and /media/backup.

ls -dl /media/storage
ls -dl /media/backup

February 21st, 2010, 07:23 PM
ls -dl /media/storage
drwx------ 14 phuxx0r3d phuxx0r3d 4096 2010-01-20 08:27 /media/storage

ls -dl /media/backup
drwxrw-rw- 4 phuxx0r3d phuxx0r3d 4096 2010-02-17 09:10 /media/backup

February 21st, 2010, 07:35 PM
That I think is the problem. The easiest fix since you're sharing through nautilus is to try this:

Open Terminal
Type gedit /etc/samba/smb.conf

Add the following line to the [global] section of smb.conf:

force user = phuxx0r3d

Save the file, exit gedit, and back in the terminal type: sudo service samba restart

February 21st, 2010, 07:55 PM
this solved the problem for "jessbu" but "tmpbu" still has the same error.

If we relook at the net usershare info output, would the line "usershare_acl=Everyone:F," cause this issue? it's the only difference i see. I chown'ed /media/backup to phuxxor3d.

Interestingly, if I go into XP, view workgroup computers, under the ubuntu box the only folder that shows up is "jessbu"

February 21st, 2010, 08:16 PM
"usershare_acl=Everyone:FThat just means you're allowing write access to that share.

When I first saw this:

ls -dl /media/backup/tmpbu

drwxrwxrwx 11 nobody nogroup 4096 2010-02-20 23:22 /media/backup/tmpbuI thought that was kind of strange that a folder got created with owner = nobody. But since the permissions where set to universal access I just ignored it.

I really don't think that's the problem but you might want to chown /media/backup/tmpbu to phuxx0r3d

February 21st, 2010, 08:21 PM
Haha. That nobody ownership was a result of trying to get this to work. I've been all over ubuntu, samba, and other websites reading all kinds of information. I changed the "tmpbu" folder ownership specifically as you suggested and that did the trick. thanks for your help :)