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Michael J. Hammel wrote:<br>
<pre wrap="">Thus spoke j davis
<pre wrap="">/etc/smb.conf works out the gate....and then theres the brain-buster
smbpasswd -a billybob....thats a tuff one...actually you do need to
edit the workgroup name in smb.conf.IMHO swat takes more time to get
turned on and working that to make very few edits to a wonderfully
commented and documented conf file. *IMHO*
You know, everyone keeps telling me how easy this is, but I still can't get my
XP box to connect to my Linux box. I'm pretty sure it's a user authentication
issue, but I don't know what user to add to Samba so my wife's XP box can
connect to my Linux box. I've run most of the tests listed in
<a class="moz-txt-link-freetext" href="http://hr.uoregon.edu/davidrl/DIAGNOSIS.txt">http://hr.uoregon.edu/davidrl/DIAGNOSIS.txt</a> and the ones that are causing
problems are the ones from the XP (re: client) side.
1. I can ping from the Linux server from the XP client.
2. The XP client is already accessing the Internet (via IE) by using the Linux
box as a gateway.
In other words, the TCP/IP stuff is working in general. The problem is an
1. I want to make the Samba stuff password free if possible, with any user on
the local network granted access to shared resources on my Linux box. What
do I need to do to make this happen? Would posting my smb.conf make that
easier to determine? I hesitate to post files in discussion groups without
2. The local network is behind a firewall. I allow no incoming connections. I
allow some local internal connections, such as NFS. Do I need to add an
ipchains entry for Samba? If so, what would such an entry look like?
I added a user "nobody" to Samba via smbpasswd:
smbpasswd -a nobody
and just hit ENTER for the password. Is this considered a null password?
The user name and password must be the same on the XP box and on the Linux
box. 2 very good resources for setting up Samba are the .pdf file found at
and an HTML copy of an Oreilly book found at<br>
I think you can effectively make your samba shares password free, though
I don't understand why you would want to by adding guest ok = yes to each
share in the smb.conf file. I've never tried this so if it don't work, you
should be able to find your answers in the links I gave you.<br>