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I have a 8 port LAN switch to which I have connected Win XP (latest service pack) box and and Fedora Core 6 box.

There is router that connects the switch to the Internet. All is working except I do not know how to network Win XP and Linux boxes, I mean what setup I need to run on both so that I can easily see the hard disk content of one PC to from another PC as well easily copy files from one to another  mainly using GUI interface rather than command line.
Also Win Xp is fully protected with McAfee anti-virus software.

Please be specific when providing this solution like exactly what steps needs to be taken.  If you provide an external URL for help, that is OK but please still provide detailed instructions on this setup  both on Linux and Win XP or I prefer some one who is available from 10 am to 10 pm GMT UK time for interactive help.

Last time some one provided an external website link but it was outdated and it was referring to Windows 98 and many linux commmands specified there did not work on Fedora 6.

If you have previously posted answer to my previous post regarding this issue, please do not post your solution as it did not work out. The problem I am facing remains unresolved so I am re-posting it.
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goobergeffer earned 2000 total points
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This is an alright tutorial to work with (Specifically for Fedora)
Two things:
1) if you want to see anything you need to run SMB shares for anything you want to share..
2) Fedora 6 is Old... Very .. Old.. we currently have stable version 10! I would suggest also updating ..

http://www.reallylinux.com/docs/basicnetworking.shtml (this is a nice tutorial for you)

If you need any further help please ask :)

Cheers,
Karl.
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I was able to view and copy from Windows directories on Linux PC after spending quite some time setting up samba and windows setup.  Unfortunately windows cannot see Linux folders.  On Win XP, clicking on View workgroup computers  'Revogroup' shows me  'Samba Servvvvver(Zeno)'      But when I click on it, I get error dialog box:
\\Zeno is not accessible. You might not have permission to use this network resource. .....

I disabled the firewall in Win XP, but had no effect.

My samba config looks like: (revo is existing user on linux that I want to be able to view all files under this from Win Xp PC.)

[global]
workgroup = REVOGROUP
server string = Samba Servvvvver
client code page = 852
printcap name = /etc/printcap
load printers = no
printing = cups
log file = /var/log/samba/log.%m
max log size = 100
encrypt passwords = yes
null passwords = yes
dns proxy = no
share modes = yes
map to guest = Bad User
security = share
#============================ Share Definitions ==============================
[homes]
read only = no
browsable = no

[revo]
path = /home/revo
public = true
only guest = False
writable = yes
printable = no
directory mask = 0777
create mask = 0777


After editing the config file, I run the command:
/etc/rc.d/init.d/smb restart

Please advise. Thank you.
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Hmm. This looks like a permission error.. If you cat /var/logs/ and in there look at the smb logs.. Can you output that?
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by:zenguru
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I searched for log files and found them in /var/log/samba.  There are bunch of log files and I am not sure which ones wud be helpful. I looked into them and I did not see anything that cud help.  I have the following fragments from the log files:
from vostro.log  (vostro name of win xp machine)
Error writing 4 bytes to client. -1. (Connection reset by peer)
from smbd.log
[2009/02/23 00:37:20, 0] param/loadparm.c:map_parameter(2693)
  Unknown parameter encountered: "client code page"
[2009/02/23 00:37:20, 0] param/loadparm.c:lp_do_parameter(3429)
  Ignoring unknown parameter "client code page"
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