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PostPosted: Thu Sep 22, 2005 2:40 am    Post subject: sharing files from xp box Reply with quote

I'm trying to understand networking better.

I'm using ubuntu on a laptop. I have my shared folders plus another folder on a winxp box that I have set to share with the network.

When I originally set up my laptop and connected to the xp box, I was able to see my shared folders. Short story long, I tried some other distros and went back to ubuntu. When resetting up my network I can connect to my xp box but can't see any of the shared folders. Where can I go or what can I do to trouble shoot? All I want to do is pull my files from the xp box. Should I be able to see my shared folders and also open the files on my linux box?
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 13, 2005 10:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks a bit of an old post, but noone replied and it has 204 view so far, so why don't I have a go.

I'll have to make some assumptions 'cause your info is not 100% clear.

Assuming you have network between the linux and the xp (e.g. you can ping between them) ;

Assuming there are indeed shared files and folders on the XP machine;
Assuming you work in a graphical environment (a GUI / desktop like KDE or Gnome or so);

the most probable reason (imho) you can't see the shared folders is that you don't have a program on the Linux machine that understands the windows networking / filesharing protocol.
apt-get install smbclient,
then open your file manager and try to browse to the xp machine. Should work. If you can see the files and folders but can't read or copy, check the share permissions and NTFS security settings on the XP machine. Also : see last paragraph of this post.

If that didn't work :
set up an ftp server (XP has Internet Information Server, doen't it ?) and configure it so that al files are included in the ftproot (set it to ...\Docements and settings\..\.Mydocuments\..) or copy the files into the default ftproot. then use ftp from the linux machine to download the files.

With one of the above, you should be able to copy your files.
You will not necesarill be able to open or use the files you've copied : depond on what they are, and whether you have applications that can work with them - e.g. you'll need OpenOffice to work with your ms Word and excel, etc.

good luck.
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