SAMBA cannot browse Workgroups, name resolve order

Bug #811518 reported by Felix on 2011-07-16
This bug affects 8 people
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
samba (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Since a lot of years every fresh *ubuntu installation has the same issue. They are not able to browse the network in any way, even crash most of the time. The fix is easy and everyone knows about it but nothing changed over such a long time.

You could really improve user experience for new users with this default line in the smb.conf:

"name resolve order = wins bcast lmhosts host"

Right now the default order does not work for LANs.


Dave Walker (davewalker) on 2011-07-19
Changed in samba (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Medium
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

Status changed to 'Confirmed' because the bug affects multiple users.

Changed in samba (Ubuntu):
status: New → Confirmed

This bug affected me, Windows shared worked fine, then they stopped working, and this fixed it. I tried launching an exe in Mono, and then started installing wine right before my shares stopped working. Ubuntu 12.04 amd64 to Windows 8 x64

Felix (apoapo) wrote :

OKAY, this is not fixed yet. Where do i have to send a patch to? It really is as easy as writing

name resolve order = bcast wins lmhosts host

into smb.conf. Everytime a new Ubuntu is installed users are experiencing this and think "fuck, not even shares work". Considering they raged about gfx drivers, flash, java, multi monitor setup etc before, it is a great addition to spend a few hours searching for this one.

Felix (apoapo) wrote :

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tags: added: patch
John Rose (johnaaronrose) wrote :

Still not changed in Ubuntu Precise.

John Tucker (jonti) wrote :

I've found I also need to set the hostname in smb.conf, and specify how to relate to lanmanager

netbios name = <hostname>
name resolve order = wins bcast lmhosts host
client lanman auth = yes
client ntlmv2 auth = no

I've checked this out thoroughly from an Ubuntu 12.04 client on a vanilla network (adsl router linked by ethernet to multiple machines) using both a 10.04 and a 12.04 host. In that setup, all four lines are needed for nautilus to access the share's files and directories.

I found that solution here

Spode (forums-g) wrote :

Well, I'm using 14.04 and this is still a problem. Even the fix gets overwritten by updates.

Seems someone is determined to make sure Ubuntu does not get accepted by the general public.

Felix (apoapo) wrote :

Yes, take it as a symptom. Linux, from nerds for nerds. Everyday user has to suffer for his little knowledge about leet systems.

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