Samba woes: Failed to retrieve share list from server [SOLVED]

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Samba woes: Failed to retrieve share list from server [SOLVED]

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Windows 10 and Linux Mint 19.3 in a network.

Windows 10 has whole drives shared Read Only by everyone.
LM 19 has some shares writeable by guest anonymous.

Windows 10 systems can see LM19 shares and write files to them.
LM19 can see Windows 10 nodes, but cannot see shares.
Error is:

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Unable to Mount Location
Failed to retrieve share list from server: Connection Timed out.
Already reviewed these:
viewtopic.php?t=262854
https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/ubu ... hares.html
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sour ... ug/1762211

Have already tried : /etc/samba/smb.conf adding lines - either of the following
with the requisite sudo service smbd start

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client max protocol = SMB3
or
client max protocol = NT1
to no avail.

Anybody got any more Arcane Incantations to try?
Thanks a ton.
Last edited by windyweather on Wed Apr 29, 2020 12:16 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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BTW, Linux system can share with each other

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So,
  • Windows can share with Linux, and
  • Linux can share with Linux.
  • But Linux cannot share with Windows.
Visibility is completely Transitive, but ability to mount drives to read / write them is not transitive.

So is this called a Transitivity Failure? Or a Reciprocity Failure?
Anyway, I sure would like it to work after all these years.

back in 2017 I wrote this:
https://windyweather.net/2017/12/05/lin ... indows-10/

In 2015 it just worked OOTB as it were
https://windyweather.net/2015/09/27/lin ... ust-works/

Looks like we are regressing.
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Re: Samba woes: Failed to retrieve share list from server

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Failed to retrieve share list from server: Connection Timed out.
You can get that error message from a number of causes but if the server is running Win10 or Ubuntu20 the most likely cause is a bug in gvfs not samba: https://bugs.launchpad.net/gvfs/+bug/1828107

The "trick" here is to try to connect to the server without invoking gvfsd-smb-browse. You can do that by accessing the server and share explicitly in Nemo:

By mDNS host name ( hostname with a .local attached at the end ): smb://win10-host-name.local/share-name

By ip address: smb://win10-ip-address/share-name

And if you are really lucky ( meaning it will most likely fail ) by NetBIOS name: smb://win10-host-name/share-name
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Thank you kind sir

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Thanks very much.
That will tide me over until the fix is live.
I gave Ubuntu 20.04 a try last night to see if they had it fixed, and no.
But at least a fix is in the pipe.
I hate to carry USB sticks around.
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