I recently upgraded Mint and LMDE to the latest LTS versions. Everything worked OK except the samba connection between my linux machines and Macintosh OSX. I could mount and access linux shares on the Mac, but not the other way around. Doing $smbclient -L //my-mac-share showed an error. I googled and found there seems to be a bug in samba that is unresolved. After trying a few other things, I used a cifs entry in /etc/fstab to mount the mac shares successfully on my linux machine. Basically something like this:
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# CIFS share for my_imac to allow samba access due to recent samba bug (as of 12-2016 or earlier?)
//192.168.1.xxx/user /media/my_imac cifs noauto,defaults,rw
Samba must be restarted with #service smbd restart and in /media the dir "my_imac" is created, then #mount /media/my_imac will ask for my pw and mount the share. This works and I'm OK with it for now, but would like to know if there is any update on having "normal" samba service restored?