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I wish to remove all unnecessary packages and services from Ubuntu 12.04. I was not clear whether samba is required for things other than sharing folders and printing. I don't do either of these tasks.

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No, it is not required. Note that "shared folders" also covers "mapped drives."

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Tom - So if I remove samba using BUM, it would not affect mapped drivers? –  Ravi S Ghosh Jun 25 '12 at 20:00
    
Samba is used to create shared folders (a.k.a. mapped drives) and shared printers between Linux and Windows. If you need/use mapped drives, do not remove samba. –  Tom Jun 27 '12 at 15:02
    
Hope "Mapped drives" does not refer to mounted partitions or external usb devices, right? –  Ravi S Ghosh Jun 27 '12 at 19:09
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Correct, mounted partitions are not the same as mapped drives. –  Tom Jun 28 '12 at 12:27
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Your original question has been answered, correct? If so, this question should be closed, and marked completed/answered. –  Tom Jun 30 '12 at 18:59
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In this case you do not have Samba installed.

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This is really a comment, not an answer to the question. Please use "add comment" to leave feedback for the author. –  Stephen Myall Aug 18 '12 at 15:28
    
@StephenMyall This is not a comment. The author is saying that if you never set up folder or printers sharing, then Samba is not installed. I'm not sure that's necessarily true, but this is an answer to the question (which is about removing packages and services that are not needed). –  Eliah Kagan Sep 6 '12 at 13:41
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