I'm new to networking. I'm trying to share a folder between to computers (both have kubuntu 10.04 installed). I'm able to share a folder with samba and can see that folder through samba on the same computer. But if I try to go on the other PC I can't see the first one. Both PCs are on the "workgroup" workgroup. I've tried disabling the firewall with firestarter

can somebody help me?


update: here's my samba.conf http://pastebin.com/SpuES468

  • First things first. Can you ping each computer from the other?
    – jason
    May 19 '13 at 1:30

Check your samba config in /etc/.

Samba often works only if you set it up by hand. It is most likely located here:

You can edit it by opening a terminal and typing: sudo kate /etc/samba/smb.conf . (It'll ask for a password and open the file.)

However, make a backup of the file. And if you feel like you can't fix it, just paste your config to http://pastebin.com , give me the link and I'll have a look.

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    I'd say if one is not sure what they are doing it is better to edit smb.conf via swat. Swat will make sure the configuration file is syntactically correct and minimizes misconfiguration.
    – jason
    May 19 '13 at 2:28

You need to put samba on both the machines. Need to make sure both are a part of same workgroup/domian. Also you need to make sure you have defined the folder in smb.conf

after that open Dolphin -> Samba Shares -> Workgroup -> (Your Machine)

or from command (CLI): smbclient //yourpc/urshare -L

  • You don't need samba on both machines unless you want to share files from both machines. Usually one machines becomes the samba server and the other(s) just use Nautilus (or similar) to get to the server.
    – hotei
    Aug 15 '10 at 19:31

Try this; this will enable the drive to be seen (advertised) on the network.

append to /etc/samba/smb.conf

path = /Data/Incoming/
guest ok = yes
read only = no
browseable = yes

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