Re: [orca-list] Extremely Urgent, and I do mean urgent

Hi Chris,

When I access my SMB shares from UNIX (either Ubuntu or Solaris), I need to note the workgroup that the server & client are both in, and make sure that they are the same on both ends.

On your Windows box, you can see (and set) the workgroup in the System Properties under the Computer Name TAB.  In the GNOME network connection dialog box there should be a field for it.  Because spaces are often delimiters, I suggest using a workgroup name without spaces in it.  I believe "MSHOME" is a common default workgroup.

On my network at home, I have an Ubuntu server running Samba, which I connect to from my Windows systems, Macs, Ubuntu & Solaris boxes - all via SMB.  The server has a static IP address, and I use that (plus the workgroup) in the dialog box for connecting.

Specifically, for the Ubuntu server at which has a 'korn' account and is in the 'chezhottub' workgroup, the contents I put into the Places->Connect to Server... dialog are:
  Service type: [Windows share]
  Server: [//]
  Share: [--blank--]
  Folder:  [--blank--]
  User Name:  [korn]
  Domain Name: [chezhottub]
  Name to use for connection:  [korn-connection]

Once I've filled this out, a new icon appears on my desktop, with the name 'korn-connection'.  Selecting and opening that brings up a login dialog (seeking the password for 'korn').  Once past that, I can see all of the shares on the file server.


Peter Korn
Accessibility Architect,
Sun Microsystems, Inc.

ok, I did this, and hit the connect buttpn and then it just kind a sits 
there and does nothing.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Norman" <chris norman4 ntlworld com>
To: "Chris Gilland" <chrisgilland carolina rr com>
Sent: Thursday, May 22, 2008 8:17 AM
Subject: Re: [orca-list] Extremely Urgent, and I do mean urgent

If you share the drive with windows XP (I think you said the drive was
attached to a windows box).

Give it a name such as ftp, and take a note of the machine's IP address.

Next go to your linux gox and log into gnome. Get up the places menu,
and go to "connect to server".

A dropdown box will appear with share types in there, select windows

Next it will ask for the server, use the ip address or hostname (ip
address is favourite) of the XP machine, next it will ask for the share,
use ftp (or whatever you called the shared folder on windows XP).

Next, it will ask for a folder, you can ignore that, if you don't need
it. Type in a name for the connection (this part is arbitrary), and
click "connect".

HTH, and contact me if you need any further help.


Chris Norman <chris norman4 ntlworld com>

On Thu, 2008-05-22 at 08:06 -0400, Chris Gilland wrote:
My company is requiring me to now be able to access both from Linux ande
from my windows laptop each system through file sharing.  I've tried
everything though.  I did do an apt-get for samba, but question now is 
next to do.  I have read many documentation files online but none of them
seem to make any sinse.  I can't really be specific what doesn't make 
as really the whole ordeal doesn't.  Unfortunately, remember:  I'm coming
from windows to Linux so, Linux to me still is almost a whole new 
if you will.  I know a lotta this I should get, and franklyl I gotta 
I'm a little scared of getting the rtfm thing with this msg.  Believe you 
I have read the f***ing manual.  It makes no sinse to me.  It may as well 
in greek.  Basicly here is what I'm trying to do precisely.  OK, if 
can tell me what do do, step by step, where to go in my pannels, what to
type in a gnome-terminal etc. what file to edit, what lines to find in 
file and either uncomment or change, just really outline very very 
I'd be one happy camper as this is gonna drive me mother flippin nuts!

Basicly, I have a 300 gig hard disc, external u s b by the way, which is
connected currently to my Dell Inspiron laptop running xp home.  on this
drive, which has the volume label of "Jukebox," there is a folder with 
190 gigs of data.  The folder is called ftp.

I also have another folder called "backup" with about 80 gigs of data.  I
want to be able, though connected to this machine, to be able to see, 
and write to those folders from my Ubuntu desktop machine in the other 
This way if I'm out here in the den, I can get to the drive but if I'm in
there I can also do the same.  Again, this could mean me keeping or 
my job.  My boss is basicly giving me to the end of today to either fix
this, or to reinstall windows on the desktop and screw Linux.  As for why
it's important for me to get to the drive from both system and why that
effects my job, I really due to company polacy cannot go into that part 
it, more so than to say, I have some private propriatary software we're
beginning to beta test which requires things to be set this way.

Anyway, your extreme prompt help with this is honorably appreciated.

Best and most warmest sincere regards,


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