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I'm running Lubuntu 16.10 on a machine which will mainly act as a file server. I want to create some SMB shares, which I was led to believe would be simple (!)....so having not found anything in the GUI I launched shares-admin from the command line. I got:

Sharing services are not installed
- Install Unix networks support (NFS)
- Install Windows networks support (SMB)

I clicked the option to install both, then got:
Could not install package
GDBus.Error:org.freedesktop.DBus.Error.ServiceUnknown: The name org.freedesktop.PackageKit was not provided by any service files

Any ideas?

I REALLY, REALLY want to use Linux for this server, but every time I come back to it I find myself losing hours trying to do things that are 2 minute jobs on Windows :0(

marked as duplicate by Elder Geek, Eric Carvalho, WinEunuuchs2Unix, Pilot6, David Foerster Nov 4 '16 at 10:35

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Using Synaptic, install system-config-samba for a GUI way to create shares.

Or, in Terminal, type:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install system-config-samba

Then, in your Unity dash, find the Samba application, and have fun!

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