ok trying again, and putting a different way..

*i have installed 13.10 *i would like to enable Personal File Sharing *the 'share files over the network' section is greyed out and says "this feature cannot be enabled because the required packages are not installed on your system". i believe that is a reference to nautilus or samba or both. both of these are installed but i still cannot enable personal file sharing *when i look in the software centre it says Samba is installed, but when i look through the Applications menus, i cannot find it anywhere. i have gone to the Main Menu and enabled absolutely everything, yet i still cannot open Samba to configure it.

QUESTIONS: *why cannot i not find Samba in the applications list? i can on my older Ubuntu version (12 something) on my pc *is there something else i need to install to make personal file sharing work?


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  • Run 'sudo apt-get install samba' in a terminal and see what you get. Then run 'sudo system-config-samba' to configure Samba. – Reza Apr 25 '14 at 18:54

A late response: I think Samba is not an application but it is a system service. That's probably why you can not find it on the application list.


apt-cache policy samba

to check if it is installed. You should see someting like:

  Installed: 2:3.6.3-2ubuntu2.11

If it is not installed, install it. If it is installed, try

ps aux | grep nmbd

to see if the service running. You should get something like:

root         1910  0.0  0.0  91268  1988 ?        Ss   21:06   0:00 nmbd -D
username     5962  0.0  0.0  14952   968 pts/2    S+   23:11   0:00 grep --color=auto nmbd

If you don't get one of these lines, then try to stop and restart the service:

sudo service smbd restart

Hope this helps.

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  • +1 for the distinction between application and system services – XavierStuvw Oct 26 '19 at 11:30

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