[ubuntu-uk] Strange file sharing problem

Simon Greenwood sfgreenwood at gmail.com
Thu Mar 3 12:17:17 UTC 2011

On 3 March 2011 11:34, John MM <scoundrel50a at gmail.com> wrote:

> On 03/03/11 11:44, Simon Greenwood wrote:
>> A quick Google would also show that there isn't much more to know than
>> what is in the man page. Smbtree prints a list of available servers and
>> devices in your domain in the same way as Network Neighborhood does in
>> Windows, but it does it on the command line, through Terminal in Ubuntu. If
>> you have a use for that, then use it. If you don't, and unless you have
>> machines that have SMB shares that don't have some kind of GUI, then you
>> probably don't.
>> In my experience, if you don't get an answer to a question on a mailing
>> list or forum it's because no-one reading has an answer. This is just a fact
>> of life. However, if you google 'samba error 255 ubuntu' you will find a lot
>> of data relating to the problem that causes it. It appears to relate to
>> permissions on /var/lib/samba/usershares.
>> s/
> But in response to this, the op was getting an answer, through the group,
> which then suddenly stopped, which indicatges it went off board. Its kind of
> frustratng seeing the answer unfold, for it to stop unfolding. Its also kind
> of frustrating having asked the same questions, to have gotten nowhere,
> previously.
> I have looked, via google, tried a few things, but most of which are over
> my head, which is why I attempted to ask here.
> You mention permissions relating to /var/lib/samba/usershares I have no
> idea what that means, could you explain a little bit more.
OK, I've just had a look back for your original query, and it would appear
that you're trying to connect two machines running Ubuntu using Samba. The
people who replied suggested that you don't use Samba and use SSHFS instead,
which is built into Nautilus, the reason being that Samba is an
implementation of Microsoft's SMB networking protocol that is mostly reverse
engineered, and as such is not well documented and prone to bugs. I have no
other information than that which I looked up and found here:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1026668, for which the remedy
appears to be add your user to the group 'sambashares', change the group
permission on the directory /var/lib/samba/usershares and possibly log in
and log out.

In response to your second reply, yes, I probably did as it's something that
I know a bit about and have experience in similar problems. However, I don't
know anything about your problem so I am using Google and can only give you
the same response that Google would give you, which seems to be a valid one.

This is how mailing lists and message boards and the like work. People are
doing this because they have experience to offer, but only if it's relevant
to a problem. If they have no experience in a problem then there is no point
in trying to offer something other than known facts.

One of the major things about Ubuntu is that there is a wealth of
information available and that other people may have had similar problems,
and the way to find that is to use the search engine of your choice. No-one
is obliged to give you an answer, but many will try to help within reason.


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