I'm trying to follow this guide: 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?


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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