Do not get any Groups or Computers in pyNeighborhood window.

Asked by neutron68 on 2011-01-20

I'm using Mythbuntu 10.10 and trying to get pyNeighborhood to see shared drives on pcs in my LAN.
I used Synaptic Package manager to add pyNeighborhood 0.5.0+debian-3
Mythbuntu uses the xfce desktop rather than Gnome desktop.

pyNeighborhood does not see any of the shared folders on any computer in my LAN.
I have several Windows XP computers with shared folders.
I also have a Mythtv computer running Knoppmyth R5.5 (Debian, circa July 2008) with shared folders.

If I go to a web browser on the Mythbuntu pc, I can type "smb://Knoppmyth" and get to the shared folder on the Knoppmyth computer - proving that SAMBA is running ok, and SAMBA connections can be made.

I found a web post that said, "If you do not install Midnight Commander the mount command will not work successfully."
I installed mc (Midnight Commander), rebooted, and still did not get any Groups or Computers appearing in the pyNeighborhood windows.

Are there any special configuration secrets I need to know?


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Hi neutron 68,

version 0.5.0x is outdated. We've fixed several Bugs and Errors in this version. Maybe you will try our PPA ( to install the latest version 0.5.3. This version contains lots of improvements and bugfixes. Besides, its easier to find errors (we've added a debug-area). Unfortunately, the ubuntu archives only contain the outdated version pyneighborhood 0.5.0.

Please try this version and report any bugs you may encounter. If you have problems with installing pyneighborhood, I sure can provide help.



neutron68 (neutron68) said : #2

Hi Linus,

Thanks for your response.

I only know how to install software in Ubuntu using the Synaptic Package manager. I don't know how to install/compile outside of that package manager.

If you have a step-by-step process for installing 0.5.3, I could do it, but if not, I need help.


Of course a can help you. ;)

The easiest way is to use a Terminal. Open a Terminal and type in the following commands (maybe you want to copy and paste these commands):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pyneighborhood/stable
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade

You can find a description to use repositories with commandline here:



neutron68 (neutron68) said : #4

I got the new version (0.5.3) into my system by trying the advice on your page:

I added these lines to my /etc/apt/sources.list file:
deb maverick main
deb-src maverick main

I updated the Synaptic Package manager.

I selected the update choice for pyNeighborhood.

I've now got 0.5.3 on my Mythbuntu 10.10 machine. I started it and right away it found all my shared computers.

Does it matter what Filemanager I have in the pyNeighborhood settings?
Right now I've got Thunar as the file manager ( /usr/bin/thunar ).

And.... I can SEE the files in the shares! WOO HOO!


neutron68 (neutron68) said : #5

I got the how-to advice from your page:

and I clicked on the link that says "Technical details about this PPA "


neutron68 (neutron68) said : #6

Thank you for your help and your great software package!

I've posted messages on the Ubuntu forums advising the Ubuntu respositories to be updated to version 0.5.3.
I don't know if the Ubuntu people will follow the advice or not?

Best wishes,