a most annoying difference between Ubuntu Gnome & Kubuntu

Freddie Cash fcash-ml at sd73.bc.ca
Tue Jul 25 15:40:25 UTC 2006

On Tue, July 25, 2006 6:10 am, Orjan Sinclair wrote:
> Maybe someone can finally help me out on this one:
> For starters I prefer the KDE gui and the apps over Gnome. However, I
> have to work in windows domains quite often, served by W2003 servers.
> And here is my bone of contention:
> From Ubuntu I go to the network server. I get asked for my id &
> password. I supply them and sometimes "put them on the keyring". After
> that I can open documents, spreadsheets etc. straight from OpenOffice
> and other software without problems, edit and so forth and then save.

Note:  this will only work with GNOME-aware apps that use the GNOME
VFS.  Try accessing the share using a GNOME app like above, then
access the same file via KATE.  You won't be able to, as KATE is not a
GNOME VFS-using app.

> Now try this in Kubuntu. You get nicely asked again for
> username/password and you end up on whatever share you are going for.
> Try open a document from Oo
> or Koffice or whatever. "smb protocol only partially supported, a
> local copy will be created". And this is AFTER you figured out you
> must open from within Oo but using Konq dialogs (an option in Oo). Try
> clicking a file on the share directly and Oo will start, you will see
> the banner and then.... nothing.

Make sure you have smbfs installed.  After that, everything should
work correctly using the smb:/ IO_Slave in any KDE app.  You won't be
able to use smb:/ from within non-KDE apps (like OpenOffice).  (Same
problem as above.)

For the best possible SMB connection, usable across all applications
(GNOME, GTK, KDE, QT, X11, CLI, whatever), mount the SMB share to a
directory.  You can do this using GNOME tools, KDE tools (system:/),
CLI tools, whatever.  So long as you mount the share to an actual
directory on your local system.

It's the only method guaranteed to work with all apps.

Freddie Cash, LPCI-1 CCNT CCLP        Helpdesk / Network Support Tech.
School District 73                    (250) 377-HELP [377-4357]
fcash-ml at sd73.bc.ca

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