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Fixing system-config-samba not opening in Ubuntu

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Introduction

If you’re using Ubuntu 14.10 or 15.04, you may have encountered an issue with the system-config-samba tool not opening. This is a known bug that has been reported and confirmed, but unfortunately, it has not been fixed yet. This article will guide you through some potential workarounds and solutions to this problem.

Understanding the Problem

Before we delve into the solutions, it’s important to understand the problem. System-config-samba is a graphical user interface for managing Samba shares and users. Samba is a software suite that provides seamless file and print services to SMB/CIFS clients, allowing interoperability between Linux/Unix servers and Windows-based clients.

The bug prevents the system-config-samba tool from opening, which can be a significant problem if you rely on this tool for managing your Samba configuration.

Alternative Tools

While waiting for the bug to be fixed, you can consider using alternative tools. One such tool is smb4k, which is a Samba (SMB) share advanced browser for KDE. It is available in the software center and can serve as a substitute for system-config-samba.

To install smb4k, open your terminal and type:

sudo apt-get install smb4k

This command tells the package manager (apt-get) to install (install) the smb4k package. The sudo command is used to run the command with superuser privileges, which is necessary for installing software.

You can also explore other Samba GUI options on the official Samba website here.

Workaround: Launching with Superuser Privileges

If you still want to use system-config-samba, you can try launching it with superuser privileges. This can be done by running the following command in the terminal:

gksu system-config-samba

The gksu command is a frontend to su and sudo. It is used to allow a graphical application to be run as root. The system-config-samba is the application we want to run.

This command will prompt you for your password and should open system-config-samba successfully.

Resolving the Missing /etc/libuser.conf Error

If you encounter an error message about a missing /etc/libuser.conf file, you can resolve this by creating an empty text file with that name. This can be done with the following command:

sudo touch /etc/libuser.conf

The touch command is used to create a new, empty file. The /etc/libuser.conf is the name and location of the file we want to create. The sudo command is used to run the command with superuser privileges, which is necessary for creating files in the /etc/ directory.

Conclusion

In conclusion, while the known bug with system-config-samba not opening in Ubuntu 14.10 and 15.04 is yet to be fixed, there are workarounds and alternative tools available. Whether you choose to use smb4k, another Samba GUI, or stick with system-config-samba and use the workarounds provided, we hope this article has been helpful in resolving your issue.

Can I use system-config-samba on Ubuntu 14.10 and 15.04?

No, there is a known bug that prevents system-config-samba from opening on Ubuntu 14.10 and 15.04.

What is the alternative tool for managing Samba shares on Ubuntu?

One alternative tool is smb4k, which is a Samba (SMB) share advanced browser for KDE. It can be installed using the command sudo apt-get install smb4k.

How can I launch system-config-samba with superuser privileges?

You can launch system-config-samba with superuser privileges by running the command gksu system-config-samba in the terminal.

What should I do if I encounter an error about a missing `/etc/libuser.conf` file?

You can resolve this error by creating an empty text file named /etc/libuser.conf using the command sudo touch /etc/libuser.conf.

Where can I find other Samba GUI options?

You can explore other Samba GUI options on the official Samba website here.

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