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I see a pop up that says Share Files over the Network - *This feature cannot be enabled because the required packages are not installed on your system_

Simple enough, but what packages do I need?

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I have samba installed and am still getting the message above – user263177 Mar 29 '14 at 4:58

what worked for me was install Apache2. Just install a LAMP server (or just apache) --

sudo apt-get install apache2

Then it should work just fine.

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He is not trying to share it via HTTP. He is trying to share it like in windows. In this case the answer by jrg is the correct one. – Luis Alvarado Oct 24 '11 at 0:56
Apparently apache2 is required for the Ubuntu's file sharing feature to work. – brianpeiris Sep 22 '13 at 3:45

When you share files over the network in Ubuntu, you use samba - so you'll need to run sudo apt-get install samba and then try sharing the folder again.

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Not necessarily...I'd suggest NFS for a pure Linux environment. Though, AFAIK Samba is default choice of Ubuntu. – Bobby Feb 1 '11 at 21:41
Personally I would also install smbfs and system-config-samba packages the first makes it possible to create permanent mounts through fstab and the last is an admin config app for your own shares which will make it easier to setup and modify your own shares plus my own shares wouldn't show up on a vista machine until I had shared them using the Samba config. – Allan Feb 2 '11 at 12:09
@Allan True. @Bobby Yeah. Samba isn't necessarily the best way to do this, but it's the default choice. – James Feb 2 '11 at 12:16

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