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My Samba installation has become a mess, and now the services won't even start correctly anymore, for some reason.

Is there a way to completely remove Samba, as if it was never there, and then reinstall it so I can have a fresh setup?

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sudo apt-get purge samba

will remove the entire package, along with configuration files, which apt-get remove samba won't. After the purge, reinstall samba using

sudo apt-get install samba

from man apt-get:

    purge is identical to remove except that packages are removed and
    purged (any configuration files are deleted too).
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Well it looks like that sort of worked, but now it seems to have hung on "Starting Samba daemons: nmbd smbd". I didn't see any errors before that, but to be fair it went by fairly quick, heh. – Bob Aug 28 '10 at 21:58
@Bob you may need a reboot – BloodPhilia Aug 28 '10 at 22:00
Awesome, that did the trick! I guess sometimes rebooting -does- work on *nixy stuff. Thanks! – Bob Aug 28 '10 at 22:17
@Bob Great it worked for you! Good luck with your fresh samba install! Haha! ;) – BloodPhilia Aug 28 '10 at 22:24

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