[Lucid] Network Error

Lucio M Nicolosi lmnicolosi at gmail.com
Fri Aug 27 05:47:55 UTC 2010

On Fri, Aug 27, 2010 at 2:43 AM, Lucio M Nicolosi <lmnicolosi at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 8:30 PM, Jim Smith <jim at oz.net> wrote:
>> When I click on the "Network" location the window opens showing "Windows
>> Network."
>> Clicking on that item gives the following error message: "Unable to
>> mount location, failed to retrieve share list from server." Curious as
>> this did not happen before the upgrade to Lucid. Using the Lucid LiveCD
>> the network mounts fine and I can do the usual things with the shared
>> files on our other computer. Ideas? Googling didn't get me anything
>> seemingly connected with Lucid. Probably right in front of me, just
>> can't see it.
> No answers up to now, so here I go:
> Short answer: Still don't know why it happens...
> Regular answer: How I deal with it:
> It also happens to me (like it did a quarter of an hour ago, but not
> now since Nautilus / Windows Network was kept open and somehow the bug
> vanished) (while running Lucid AMD64 and lots (all?) of previous
> releases)
> It seems random (certainly isn't). I guess it might be related to the
> default search time, Samba release, server/client startup order, (time
> that you keep Nautilus / W Network open)  or the weather conditions. I
> didn't  go deep on the subject but noticed that these actions seem to
> help:
> - Fill (if possible, i.e. in a small net) the /etc/hosts files and the
> Windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts (or wherever you can find "hosts"
> in MSW, with the IP/Host_Name of the computers in the net.
> - Configure the leanest still working /etc/samba/smb.conf file.
> "testparm" command returns what is not default, "testparm -v" returns
> all config parameters.
> - Don't place a lot of Samba servers in the same subnet if you don't
> know how to configure parameters "local master" "preferred master"
> etc. correctly.
> - Keep Nautilus / W Network open while you relax, take a cup of tea
> and read your favorite magazine and then go back and try again, it
> might work or not.
> - In Nautilus try Go / Location (Ctrl+L) and replace network:/// or
> smb/// with network://[host_name]/ or network://[host_IP]/ (or
> smb//xxx/ etc. (from a Windows station \\host_IP\)
> On Windows or Ubuntu, accessing the remote computer with the IP
> address always work. Say, most of the time.
> Hope it helps, if you find something more specific about this bug
> please post back.

And (forgot) last but not least, try not to use static IPs. Tell the
DNS server not to recycle them.

L M Nicolosi, Eng.
Linux Regist. User #481505 - http://counter.li.org/

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