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PaddyIndigo
August 17th, 2011, 08:19 PM
Hi,
I've made some progress networking.

I can see my 3 Windows machines using the nautilus smb;//IP Address command from a terminal, and I can sometimes see 2 of them under "places-network-windows network-workgroup" (& one of these 2 under "places-network" alongside "windows network".) The third windows machine I can't see at all, not even from the other windows machines - so that's not a Ubuntu issue.

However, I can't see my Ubuntu machine from any of the windows machine. I'd like to. Any ideas?

Thanks
Pat

pi.boy.travis
August 17th, 2011, 10:18 PM
The Samba (SMB/Windows sharing) server software doesn't come installed by default. Just right-click on a folder you'd like to share, choose "Sharing options," and check the "Share this folder" check box. A window will appear asking if you'd like to install Samba server, just follow the instructions and reboot when it's finished. That should do the trick.

PaddyIndigo
August 18th, 2011, 10:48 AM
The Samba (SMB/Windows sharing) server software doesn't come installed by default. Just right-click on a folder you'd like to share, choose "Sharing options," and check the "Share this folder" check box. A window will appear asking if you'd like to install Samba server, just follow the instructions and reboot when it's finished. That should do the trick.

Ahh, I tried that, and it proceeded as you predicted up to the install dialog, but then I got the same error as I get with my printer problem (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=11163112#post11163112)

E: Encountered a section with no Package: header
E: Problem with MergeList /var/lib/apt/lists/ie.archive.ubuntu.com_ubuntu_dists_natty_main_bina ry-i386_Packages
E: The package lists or status file could not be parsed or opened.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.
And synaptic exits.

PaddyIndigo
August 18th, 2011, 11:05 AM
I found the solution to the error message in this link (http://www.googlubuntu.com/results/?cx=006238239194895611142%3Au-ocqbntw_o&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=UTF-8&q=Encountered+a+section+with+no+Package%3A+header&as_qdr=all&sa=Google+Search&lang=en#1050) =

sudo rm /var/lib/apt/lists/* -vf
sudo apt-get update

which seems to have fixed the error. I'll get back with an update about whether the original issue is solved

Thanks
Pat

PaddyIndigo
August 18th, 2011, 12:13 PM
Great thanks, it's working now, I can see, log into, create, modify and save on the Ubuntu machine.

I still have my printer problem (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=11163190#post11163190) though, and my delinquent Windows machine still gives me a different problem every time I try to network it. But then, that's why I'm trying to switch to Linux:D

pi.boy.travis
August 18th, 2011, 09:43 PM
Great thanks, it's working now, I can see, log into, create, modify and save on the Ubuntu machine.

I still have my printer problem (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=11163190#post11163190) though, and my delinquent Windows machine still gives me a different problem every time I try to network it. But then, that's why I'm trying to switch to Linux:D

At the risk of moving off-topic, does your printer have network support, i.e. an Ethernet port right on it? If it can set itself up on the network, Ubuntu should be able to use it easily.

PaddyIndigo
August 24th, 2011, 06:31 PM
I still have my printer problem (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=11163190#post11163190) though, and my delinquent Windows machine still gives me a different problem every time I try to network it. But then, that's why I'm trying to switch to Linux:D

Just a postscript for anyone that gets here looking to solve similar problems. The printer problem (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=11163190#post11163190) is also resolved (see link) and the delinquent Windows machine turns out to be a Windows firewall issue, as yet unresolved, but let's not pollute a Linux forum with Windoze stuff!!!