[Bug 592610] Re: Shared folders (through Samba) when following instructions sometimes does not work correctly

koanhead 592610 at bugs.launchpad.net
Sun Sep 9 05:55:36 UTC 2012

I have discovered that using the GUI to share a folder (via right-clicking in Nautilus) does not make any changes to smb.conf - I'm not sure where the information is stored, but I'm guessing it's somewhere in gconf (a quick check in gconf-editor didn't turn it up, but I'm not a gconf expert). 
Splitting up configuration data like this is Bad and Wrong, especially if the share doesn't work right at first and the user then goes and edits smb.conf manually. If your testparm output does not agree with the output of net usershare logon then that could be a sign of this split configuration issue.
IMO this is a bug in Nautilus (one I haven't filed yet, but that's my next stop). GNOME should not split configs. If config data *must* be kept in gconf then it should be sync'd with the existing config files.

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  Shared folders (through Samba) when following instructions sometimes
  does not work correctly

Status in “samba” package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  Binary package hint: samba


  Following instructions to create a shared folder through Nautilus
  (right-click > Sharing Options > Share this folder, and following the
  subsequent prompts) does not always work.

  For some people, it works immediately. For other people, a solution
  has been found, which requires extra steps.

  I found this a problem across a small network of five computers:
  - one 64-bit Ubuntu (Lucid 10.04)
  - two 32-bit Ubuntu (Lucid 10.04)
  - one 32-bit Xubuntu (Lucid 10.04)
  - one Windows Vista.
  Every Ubuntu computer had the identical problem.

  Other people have reported having this problem. Examples:


  When it works, everything works properly and quickly. But when it does
  not work...

  The shares appear to be created correctly. Using terminal commands, it
  is found that the machines do in fact connect. However, in Nautilus,
  the network takes approximately a minute to respond and then fails to
  find the shares.


  1. Add the following two lines under the [global] section in file /etc/smb.conf in every Ubuntu and Xubuntu machine:
  os level = 33
  name resolve order = bcast host lmhosts wins

  2. Reboot.

  3. Some people find that they have to experiment with the order of
  items in "name resolve order".


  Package versions according to Synaptic (from the default repositories):
  - samba 2:3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3
  - nautilus-share 0.7.2-12build1
  - system-config-samba 1.2.63-0ubuntu4


  Shared folders should work through the GUI without workarounds and
  fiddling, just as Windows and Mac do. It should not be necessary to
  get onto the forum, search, and mess with /etc/smb.conf. (It took over
  a week for me to discover the answer.)

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 10.04
  Package: samba 2:3.4.7~dfsg-1ubuntu3
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 2.6.32-22.36-generic
  Uname: Linux 2.6.32-22-generic x86_64
  Architecture: amd64
  CheckboxSubmission: 5bf569339afeaacf6d8dcc180d0a06f0
  CheckboxSystem: b1865df84255b8716d3bcc269ff410d1
  Date: Fri Jun 11 11:33:18 2010
  EcryptfsInUse: Yes
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 10.04 LTS "Lucid Lynx" - Release amd64 (20100429)
   PATH=(custom, user)
   nautilus 1:2.30.1-0ubuntu1
   gvfs 1.6.1-0ubuntu1build1
  SambaClientRegression: Yes
  SourcePackage: samba

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