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Serious Samba problems [Solved]

Postby wutsinterweb » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:33 pm

I can't get samba to work:

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wutsinterweb@wutsinterweb1 ~ $ sudo apt install system-config-samba
[sudo] password for wutsinterweb:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
system-config-samba is already the newest version (1.2.63-0ubuntu6).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
2 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Setting up samba (2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12) ...
Job for smbd.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status smbd.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.
invoke-rc.d: initscript smbd, action "start" failed.
● smbd.service - LSB: start Samba SMB/CIFS daemon (smbd)
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/smbd; bad; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Fri 2017-12-01 14:28:20 EST; 2ms ago
     Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
  Process: 7561 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/smbd start (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

Dec 01 14:28:20 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: Starting LSB: start Samba SMB/CIFS....
Dec 01 14:28:20 wutsinterweb1 smbd[7561]:  * Starting SMB/CIFS daemon smbd
Dec 01 14:28:20 wutsinterweb1 smbd[7561]:    ...fail!
Dec 01 14:28:20 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Control process exit...1
Dec 01 14:28:20 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: Failed to start LSB: start Samba S....
Dec 01 14:28:20 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Unit entered failed ....
Dec 01 14:28:20 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Failed with result '....
Hint: Some lines were ellipsized, use -l to show in full.
dpkg: error processing package samba (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of system-config-samba:
 system-config-samba depends on samba; however:
  Package samba is not configured yet.

dpkg: error processing package system-config-samba (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure.
                          Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.23-0ubuntu9) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
 samba
 system-config-samba
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
wutsinterweb@wutsinterweb1 ~ $ sudo apt install system-config-samba
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
system-config-samba is already the newest version (1.2.63-0ubuntu6).
0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
2 not fully installed or removed.
After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue? [Y/n] y
Setting up samba (2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12) ...
Job for smbd.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status smbd.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.
invoke-rc.d: initscript smbd, action "start" failed.
● smbd.service - LSB: start Samba SMB/CIFS daemon (smbd)
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/smbd; bad; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Fri 2017-12-01 14:29:48 EST; 2ms ago
     Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
  Process: 8050 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/smbd start (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

Dec 01 14:29:48 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: Starting LSB: start Samba SMB/CIFS....
Dec 01 14:29:48 wutsinterweb1 smbd[8050]:  * Starting SMB/CIFS daemon smbd
Dec 01 14:29:48 wutsinterweb1 smbd[8050]:    ...fail!
Dec 01 14:29:48 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Control process exit...1
Dec 01 14:29:48 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: Failed to start LSB: start Samba S....
Dec 01 14:29:48 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Unit entered failed ....
Dec 01 14:29:48 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Failed with result '....
Hint: Some lines were ellipsized, use -l to show in full.
dpkg: error processing package samba (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of system-config-samba:
 system-config-samba depends on samba; however:
  Package samba is not configured yet.

dpkg: error processing package system-config-samba (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure.
                          Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.23-0ubuntu9) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
 samba
 system-config-samba
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
wutsinterweb@wutsinterweb1 ~ $ sudo service samba restart
Failed to restart samba.service: Unit samba.service is masked.
wutsinterweb@wutsinterweb1 ~ $
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby coffee412 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:42 pm

What are you trying to accomplish with samba? What is your goal?
What version of Mint are you running?
can you post the output of :

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sudo apt list samba*
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby wutsinterweb » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:44 pm

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wutsinterweb@wutsinterweb1 ~ $ apt list samba
Listing... Done
samba/xenial-updates,xenial-security,now 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12 amd64 [installed]
N: There is 1 additional version. Please use the '-a' switch to see it
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby wutsinterweb » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:45 pm

I am simply trying to use a simple share with other computers on my home network, none are windows, but in the future there might be windows systems. Right now only one other computer, a laptop with 18.2 KDE Mint
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby coffee412 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:45 pm

wutsinterweb wrote:

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wutsinterweb@wutsinterweb1 ~ $ apt list samba
Listing... Done
samba/xenial-updates,xenial-security,now 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12 amd64 [installed]
N: There is 1 additional version. Please use the '-a' switch to see it
wutsinterweb@wutsinterweb1 ~ $


It should be apt list samba* (do not forget the star)
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby coffee412 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:48 pm

wutsinterweb wrote:I am simply trying to use a simple share with other computers on my home network, none are windows, but in the future there might be windows systems. Right now only one other computer, a laptop with 18.2 KDE Mint


If there are no windows computers presently on your network then just use NFS for file sharing.
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby wutsinterweb » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:49 pm

OOPS, here this is the right output:

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wutsinterweb@wutsinterweb1 ~ $ apt list samba
Listing... Done
samba/xenial-updates,xenial-security,now 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12 amd64 [installed]
N: There is 1 additional version. Please use the '-a' switch to see it
wutsinterweb@wutsinterweb1 ~ $ apt list samba*
Listing... Done
samba/xenial-updates,xenial-security,now 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12 amd64 [installed]
samba-common/xenial-updates,xenial-updates,xenial-security,xenial-security,now 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12 all [installed]
samba-common-bin/xenial-updates,xenial-security,now 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12 amd64 [installed,automatic]
samba-dbg/xenial-updates,xenial-security 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12 amd64
samba-dev/xenial-updates,xenial-security 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12 amd64
samba-dsdb-modules/xenial-updates,xenial-security 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12 amd64
samba-libs/xenial-updates,xenial-security,now 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12 amd64 [installed]
samba-testsuite/xenial-updates,xenial-security 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12 amd64
samba-vfs-modules/xenial-updates,xenial-security 2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12 amd64
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby wutsinterweb » Fri Dec 01, 2017 3:56 pm

Can that be fixed, and what is the best tutorial for NFS setup?

I do want to fix this, I had samba-config working for a while but after reboot it wasn't working. I tried uninstalling using software manager and reinstalling to no avail.
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby wutsinterweb » Fri Dec 01, 2017 4:20 pm

For NFS, is this tutorial advised to use:

https://www.wikihow.com/Share-Files-Bet ... -Using-NFS

And would you or somebody help me troubleshoot Samba anyway.

I understand that NFS is a "better way" that it is fast and build for Linux, but I might end up needing Samba and I want to fix the problem while it is fresh in my mind what happened.

I just installed 18.3 Cinnamon before this and used my Aptik backup of 18.2 KDE.

I am also having a problem in another thread with downloading the list of desklets, that is throwing up a network error while other things ARE updating. In case these are related.
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby mrjimphelps » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:08 pm

Here is an excellent and very thorough tutorial for installing and configuring Samba in Linux Mint:

https://windowssecrets.com/forums/showt ... ws-network

Keep in mind that you only need to install Samba on the machines which will be sharing resources, such as hard drives and printers.

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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby wutsinterweb » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:19 pm

That's just it, when I get to step 10 and try and give my password to start the samba config window, it seems to accept my password BUT nothing happens, Samba/config does NOT appear, nothing happens.
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby wutsinterweb » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:23 pm

How do I clearn/clear any possible garbage that might be messing this up, is there a way to clear stuff?
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby wutsinterweb » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:29 pm

Trying to use this site to clear up problem:

https://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/482

After running just that first line command I get this in my term:

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wutsinterweb@wutsinterweb1 ~ $ sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude install gtkorphan
Get: 1 http://security.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-security InRelease [102 kB]
Ign http://mirrors.evowise.com/linuxmint/packages sylvia InRelease             
Hit http://mirrors.evowise.com/linuxmint/packages sylvia Release               
Hit http://archive.canonical.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease                       
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net/kubuntu-ppa/backports/ubuntu xenial InRelease
Hit http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial InRelease                           
Get: 2 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates InRelease [102 kB]     
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net/martin-salbaba/ppa+libimobiledevice/ubuntu xenial InRelease
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net/mystic-mirage/pycharm/ubuntu xenial InRelease     
Get: 3 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-backports InRelease [102 kB]
Get: 4 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/main amd64 Packages [670 kB]
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net/teejee2008/ppa/ubuntu xenial InRelease
Get: 5 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/main i386 Packages [632 kB]
Get: 6 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/universe amd64 Packages [561 kB]
Hit http://ppa.launchpad.net/webupd8team/java/ubuntu xenial InRelease 
Get: 7 http://archive.ubuntu.com/ubuntu xenial-updates/universe i386 Packages [529 kB]
Fetched 2,698 kB in 1s (2,147 kB/s)             
                           
gtkorphan is already installed at the requested version (0.4.4-2)
gtkorphan is already installed at the requested version (0.4.4-2)
The following partially installed packages will be configured:
  samba system-config-samba
No packages will be installed, upgraded, or removed.
0 packages upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 0 B of archives. After unpacking 0 B will be used.
Setting up samba (2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12) ...
Job for smbd.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status smbd.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.
invoke-rc.d: initscript smbd, action "start" failed.
● smbd.service - LSB: start Samba SMB/CIFS daemon (smbd)
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/smbd; bad; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Fri 2017-12-01 16:28:10 EST; 2ms ago
     Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
  Process: 27163 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/smbd start (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

Dec 01 16:28:10 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: Starting LSB: start Samba SMB/CIFS....
Dec 01 16:28:10 wutsinterweb1 smbd[27163]:  * Starting SMB/CIFS daemon smbd
Dec 01 16:28:10 wutsinterweb1 smbd[27163]:    ...fail!
Dec 01 16:28:10 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Control process exit...1
Dec 01 16:28:10 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: Failed to start LSB: start Samba S....
Dec 01 16:28:10 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Unit entered failed ....
Dec 01 16:28:10 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Failed with result '....
Hint: Some lines were ellipsized, use -l to show in full.
dpkg: error processing package samba (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of system-config-samba:
 system-config-samba depends on samba; however:
  Package samba is not configured yet.

dpkg: error processing package system-config-samba (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.23-0ubuntu9) ...
No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure.
                          Errors were encountered while processing:
 samba
 system-config-samba
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
Failed to perform requested operation on package.  Trying to recover:
Setting up samba (2:4.3.11+dfsg-0ubuntu0.16.04.12) ...
Job for smbd.service failed because the control process exited with error code. See "systemctl status smbd.service" and "journalctl -xe" for details.
invoke-rc.d: initscript smbd, action "start" failed.
● smbd.service - LSB: start Samba SMB/CIFS daemon (smbd)
   Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/smbd; bad; vendor preset: enabled)
   Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Fri 2017-12-01 16:28:11 EST; 2ms ago
     Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
  Process: 27269 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/smbd start (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE)

Dec 01 16:28:10 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: Starting LSB: start Samba SMB/CIFS....
Dec 01 16:28:11 wutsinterweb1 smbd[27269]:  * Starting SMB/CIFS daemon smbd
Dec 01 16:28:11 wutsinterweb1 smbd[27269]:    ...fail!
Dec 01 16:28:11 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Control process exit...1
Dec 01 16:28:11 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: Failed to start LSB: start Samba S....
Dec 01 16:28:11 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Unit entered failed ....
Dec 01 16:28:11 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Failed with result '....
Hint: Some lines were ellipsized, use -l to show in full.
dpkg: error processing package samba (--configure):
 subprocess installed post-installation script returned error exit status 1
dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of system-config-samba:
 system-config-samba depends on samba; however:
  Package samba is not configured yet.

dpkg: error processing package system-config-samba (--configure):
 dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
Processing triggers for libc-bin (2.23-0ubuntu9) ...
Errors were encountered while processing:
 samba
 system-config-samba
                                         
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby wutsinterweb » Fri Dec 01, 2017 5:31 pm

[codewutsinterweb@wutsinterweb1 ~ $ systemctl status smbd
● smbd.service - LSB: start Samba SMB/CIFS daemon (smbd)
Loaded: loaded (/etc/init.d/smbd; bad; vendor preset: enabled)
Active: failed (Result: exit-code) since Fri 2017-12-01 16:28:11 EST; 2min 49
Docs: man:systemd-sysv-generator(8)
Process: 27269 ExecStart=/etc/init.d/smbd start (code=exited, status=1/FAILURE

Dec 01 16:28:10 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: Starting LSB: start Samba SMB/CIFS dae
Dec 01 16:28:11 wutsinterweb1 smbd[27269]: * Starting SMB/CIFS daemon smbd
Dec 01 16:28:11 wutsinterweb1 smbd[27269]: ...fail!
Dec 01 16:28:11 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Control process exited,
Dec 01 16:28:11 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: Failed to start LSB: start Samba SMB/C
Dec 01 16:28:11 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Unit entered failed stat
Dec 01 16:28:11 wutsinterweb1 systemd[1]: smbd.service: Failed with result 'exit
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Re: Serious Samba problems

Postby wutsinterweb » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:09 pm

Edit:

I fixed it! I had to figure out some stuff, how to purge, move files, change passwords and restart services, but a person here had the trick

https://askubuntu.com/questions/762705/ ... g-to-16-04

removing "security = share" from the lines in the samba.conf file (I commented it out).

Working good now!
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Re: Serious Samba problems [Solved]

Postby coffee412 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 6:49 pm

Good Job!
Congratulations on your success :)
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Re: Serious Samba problems [Solved]

Postby wutsinterweb » Fri Dec 01, 2017 7:11 pm

I'm not a fast learning, but I can learn. I still am pretty new to Linux. When things work, they work and work well in it. The few hassles are worth the trade-off from the Redmond garbage.
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Re: Serious Samba problems [Solved]

Postby coffee412 » Fri Dec 01, 2017 8:54 pm

wutsinterweb wrote:I'm not a fast learning, but I can learn. I still am pretty new to Linux. When things work, they work and work well in it. The few hassles are worth the trade-off from the Redmond garbage.


I dont fault you for not knowing. You have the incentive to learn and that means a lot believe me! So many people out there that dont even know how to 'copy and paste' it makes me sick. lol...

I started back in the beginning days of linux with slackware to run a bbs (billboard system - Im showing my age ). I have been with it since win98 came out and I got upset that M$ was charging money for just software fixes. I have always learned the hard way too. It just takes some dedication and time to get it down but when you do its sooooo worth it!

I just got done working on 'Redmond Garbage 10' and I share your opinion on it :)

If you have any more problems or questions I am almost always available. Even if you want to bounce things off another brain. Sometimes it helps and can lead you to an answer quicker that way :)

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Re: Serious Samba problems [Solved]

Postby mrjimphelps » Thu Dec 21, 2017 11:07 am

wutsinterweb wrote:I'm not a fast learning, but I can learn. I still am pretty new to Linux. When things work, they work and work well in it. The few hassles are worth the trade-off from the Redmond garbage.


I have moved on completely from Windows to Linux Mint. However, for those occasional "must-do" things that I just can't do in Linux, I have installed VMWare Workstation Player in Linux Mint; and I have set up two VMs: one has Windows 7 and the other has Windows 8.1. If I simply can't do it in Linux, I do it in one or the other VM. I prefer Windows 7; but there are only two years of support left for Windows 7; since there are five years left for Windows 8.1, I also installed 8.1.

A very nice thing about running Windows in a VM is that finally, Windows is the step-child, not the host! (I really enjoy saying that!)

There is only one thing I haven't been able to do by this method: Install my Canon Selphy CP910 printer as a wireless network printer. First of all, there is no Linux software for this printer. And Linux can't find it on the network so as to try to install it. I installed the software in my Windows 8.1 VM, but Windows couldn't see it either. Probably because my Windows VM does everything through the Linux gateway, and what Linux can't see, neither can the VM. I had to install it to Windows 8.1 as a USB printer. It worked for that VM session. But after I closed the VM, then reopened it later, I could no longer print to the Selphy as a USB printer.

I ended up printing from my wife's Windows 8.1 laptop.

This is about the only thing I haven't been able to do. I say "about", because I haven't tried everything.

All in all, I'm really glad to have made the move to Linux Mint. I'm never going back.


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