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June 27th, 2006, 09:36 PM
I would like an explanation of this:

Notice it says to install SAMBA and also SMBFS but looking over the SAMBA package in SYNAPTIC it already installs the package SMBFS:

samba - LanManager-like file and printer server for Unix.
samba-common - Samba common files used by both the server and the client.
smbclient - LanManager-like simple client for Unix.
swat - Samba Web Administration Tool
samba-doc - Samba documentation.
samba-doc-pdf - Samba documentation in PDF format.
smbfs - Mount and umount commands for the smbfs (kernels 2.2.x and above).
libpam-smbpass - pluggable authentication module for SMB/CIFS password database
libsmbclient - Shared library that allows applications to talk to SMB/CIFS servers
libsmbclient-dev - libsmbclient shared libraries
winbind: Service to resolve user and group information from Windows NT servers
python2.4-samba: Python bindings that allow access to various aspects of Samba
So why does it say to install both of them?

June 28th, 2006, 01:26 AM
at one point you may have to install both. it could have been added in as a dependency since that article was written. or it could be that the article has a typo. you could contact the owners of that site and ask them also. good luck!!!

June 28th, 2006, 04:32 AM
whats the question exactly?
The last time I used dapper samba did not need smbfs....I was fighting with mounting a remote HD for a while before I realized that I needed smbfs installed. If its now a dependency its a new thing.

June 28th, 2006, 08:37 AM
Its not a dependecy. Since after U install SAMBA U can still install SMBFS.
But apperantly theres no need for it, since CIFS works great on my setup with only SAMBA installed

June 28th, 2006, 10:35 AM
ah, i see.
smbfs is indeed not needed, unless you want to mount a remote HD using smbfs. This was important to me because all of the good audio players(xmms,bmp,audacious..etc) don't support the samba protocol so won't play from a remote location using samba. I had to use smbfs to mount it as a folder and play from there. I think it should just come with samba, I really don't see a point in this separation.

July 9th, 2006, 09:35 AM
found another usage for SMBFS! Without it installed theres no man pages for cifs!!!