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I'm trying to follow this guide: http://www.sitepoint.com/ubuntu-12-04-lts-precise-pangolin-file-sharing-with-samba

but I'm sure there are many of them. I've had problems with Samba before. In fact in my xx years of life on Linux I have never successfully setup Samba.

The steps would be:

  1. Update your system
  2. Install samba

    $ sudo apt-get install samba samba-common winbind
  3. Configure windbind

    $ sudo gedit /etc/nsswitch.conf

    and "wins" to the hosts line.

  4. Reboot

  5. "Having done this you should now be able to select ‘GO > Network’ from the desktop menu and view your entire Windows and Linux based network."

But in my case I just see "Windows network" which is an empty folder and that's all. No shares from windows neither Linux PC's.

Can anyone tell me what I'm missing or doing wrong?

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If using Ubuntu 12.04 make sure you have the 'smbfs' package installed, anything after that it changed to 'cifs.utils'.

$ sudo apt-get install smbfs


$ sudo apt-get install cifs.utils

After a reboot they should show up, although you may have to manually go to them with the smb command in the file explorer window.

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tried both.. in fact cifs.utils was already installed. no success. –  user568021 May 3 '14 at 20:28

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