[ubuntu-uk] Unable to share files over network.

ian pettitt ian.pettitt at bbsrc.ac.uk
Fri Feb 18 12:09:44 UTC 2011

On 18/02/11 11:35, John MM wrote:
> I am running Ubuntu 1-0.10 on both my machines. I have tried a few
> thigns already to get the network to wowk, but I cant.
> If I go to Places>Network I see just a windows Icon with no Ubuntu Icon
> there to share, and when i click on it, it says unable to mount.
> I have gone into Nautilus and clicked on the folders in there I want to
> share, the box comes up to share the folder. I click on 'Share Name' and
> 'Allow access to others......' and get an error message saying 'net user
> share' returned error 255: net usershare add: failed to addshare
> document. Error was Operation not pernitted.
> So, I went into Nautilus as root, did the same thing, and that didnt
> show an error, but I still cant share.
> Then I used the command gksu gedit /etc/samba/smb.conf
> and added #usershare owner only = false
> to global
> restarted samba, but still nothing works. I keep getting that error 255.
> My other my other computer cant even find this one.
> Is there anybody that could helop, to get rid of this error message.
> Is there a way I can use the Places>Connect to server option, but it
> would have to be a secure connection.
> Thanks.
If you only want to share files between Ubuntu machines, using a secure 
connection, SSH is an option


I use it to move files and mount drives between linux machines (and my 
mac) on my home network.

If you want to share files with machines (including Windows), or guest 
users on you network, then configuring Samba using the guide on the wiki 
should be straight forward.


You should also check how you are trying to connect to your other 
machine, on a home network you may need to add the suffix .local to the 
host name of the remote machine, for example to "see" you desktop 
machine from a laptop, you need to connect to \\desktop.local

Pinging the IP address, then by hostname is a good starting point to 
ensure that you can communicate between your machines.


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