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Ubuntu week 1, and smbfs

I hit a snag in Ubuntu today trying to mount a Samba share. Turns out smbfs support wasn't installed by default. Trying to figure out what to actually install was not fun. Packages called samba, samba-common, and smbclient looked like likely candidates. But nope, it was a package actually called smbfs. One thing bad about Ubuntu, the package repository seems to be awfully cluttered and things have nearly random names (or else I'm not aware of the naming convention). I like that I could browse portage by looking through the filesystem in /usr/portage. Maybe I can do that in Ubuntu but I don't know how.

I am mounting the same smbfs share now as I used to in Gentoo. When I used to do it in Gentoo, Gentoo would throw and error message about some printer option being deprecated, but it would still mount cleanly (as far as I can tell). But then it would pull in 4kb/sec of network traffic across the LAN, over and over and over in one- or two-second intervals. I notice Ubuntu doesn't seem to do that. I don't know what was causing it before, or what fixed it now. Computers are mysterious beasts sometimes.

It's been one week since I started using Ubuntu, and I can notice no appreciable difference between this and Gentoo. But that scores in Ubuntu's favor, given how much easier this was to set up. It took very little effort. We'll see how it stands the test of time though.

November 21, 2006 @ 12:37 PM PST
Cateogory: Linux

3 Comments

Hussam
Quoth Hussam on November 22, 2006 @ 12:07 AM PST

Do you still use the Proggy font for your terminals? I am at a resolution of 1280x1024 and the fonts get really small. At the distance that I sit from the monitor it is visible but causes eye strain. I just was curious since in your Monitor post you indicated your current resolution and it was quite high!

Jamie
Quoth Jamie on November 22, 2006 @ 9:08 PM PST

smbfs should (if anything like *BSD) only be kernel support. (ie you can mount it, but cannot create a share of your own)

Are you saying THAT wasn't compiled in to the ubuntu kernel, or at least a default module? If so, that is completely nuts.

Brian
Quoth Brian on November 23, 2006 @ 1:42 AM PST

I still use ProggySquare, I can read it fine.

From what I can tell, the "smbfs" package only included smbmount and its associated man pages. I think /var/lib/dpkg/info/smbfs.list is a complete list of files in this package, and that's what it says.

smbfs is included in the kernel as a module. It appears nearly every filesystem type is included in the kernel as a module. The modules must be loaded on-demand because I never modprobed them myself, but the two I need right now (smbfs and ntfs) are loaded at the moment.