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I have figured out how to get my two Ubuntu 11.04 machines to see each other, and I can look through shared files but when I go to open say a song in a shared music file I get an error message saying

could not open location, you might not have permission to open the file.

I have set the file permissions to let it be both read and write. But it still will not let me listen to the song.

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You have to check Folder sharing options - right-click on shared folder and choose Properties-->Share. The section "Allow others to create and delete files in this folder" has to be checked.

Here you can find useful info how to setup samba on Ubuntu 11.04

Folder share options Permitions

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