Setting up Samba on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx)

Tom Rue tomrue at
Tue Jul 13 00:57:01 UTC 2010

I purged and then tried sharing a directory. It installed Samba and this was
the result when I tried again to share a folder:

"'net usershare' returned error 255: net usershare add: share name tom is
already a valid system user name"


On 12 July 2010 19:33, NoOp <glgxg at> wrote:

> On 07/12/2010 04:13 PM, Tom Rue wrote:
> > Thanks for the reply! I tried smb:// (this box's IP
> according
> > to ifconfig). I also tried the external IP address in the same format.
> > Neither worked.
> You don't enter your machine ip, you only enter the target machine.
> >
> > When you say "purge samba", do you mean uninstall and reinstall?
> >
> > I've been slogging through, as you say, all afternoon. Best hope I found
> > was, but none of those
> > ideas have worked.
> Please bottom post on this list - thanks :-)
> This may be of help:
> But that's long and outdated. This may be easier:
> <
> >
> If the ip address isn't working, then the next questions would be:
> - Do you have folders set to share?
> - Are the machines on the same subnet (192.168.122.x)?
> - Can you ping the target machine ip address?
> Purge meaning:
> $ sudo apt-get purge samba
> Or via System|Administration|Synaptic...|Quick search: samba|right click
> on 'Samba' and select 'Mark for complete removal' & then click the
> 'Apply' button. But before you do that check to see if you actually have
> a folder set for sharing & answer the questions above.
> ...
> --
> ubuntu-users mailing list
> ubuntu-users at
> Modify settings or unsubscribe at:

tomrue at |

Please note that this e-mail and any files transmitted with it may be
privileged, confidential, and protected from disclosure under applicable
law. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or an
employee or agent responsible for delivering this message to the intended
recipient, you are hereby notified that any reading, dissemination,
distribution, copying, or other use of this communication or any of its
attachments is strictly prohibited.  If you have received this communication
in error, please notify the sender immediately by replying to this message
and deleting this message, any attachments, and all copies and backups from
your computer.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <>

More information about the ubuntu-users mailing list