Need help on Mount and File System please?

Asked by Masood on 2009-02-07

Hello all,

I have a question and need help on that please given my very limited exposure to understanding different file systems and its relation with "mount". actually it seems that if I want to copy a file to a folder on the desktop, that folder or the desktop itself must be mounted!? and that brings up the question on correct file system.

here is the question:

I have a workgroup and in this workgroup I have a few Windows XP machines and this Linux machine that i use. I want to copy one file (or a few files) located in a folder on one of my XP machines to a folder on my Linux machine located on the desktop.

I can see all my XP machines and their shared folders while on my Linux using samba. I can brows all those machines and see all those files.

now I want to copy a resume from one the XP machine on to a folder on my linux desktop by dragging that file to the folder on my Linux desktop but the system tells me that this operation cannot be completed because the location "Destination Folder on Linux Desktop" is not "mounted"? I have two options: "cancel" and "Skip"

any help on this question while also helps me understand the file system and "Type" will be greatly appreciated. I tried to mount it using the command line by using "auto" as type but I couldn't.

how i can know my File system type on this Linux machine? I assume whatever "Type" i need to use for this operation mu be consistent with my current file system!?

Please advise,

Regards,

Masood

P.S.=========> I am sorry for this long question statement!?

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Tom (tom6) said :
#1

Simple answer is ... To mount the folder that's on your desktop just right-click on the folder and near the end of the menu should be "Mount", clicking on that should enable you to copy files into it.

However, it is best to stick with the file-structure that Linux uses so that backing up files is easier and also so that advice from here makes more sense as we tend to assume a standard setup. If you go up to the top taskbar and click on

Places - Documents

this should open a folder that is good for storing all your files in. If the folder is open and you click on the up button a few times then you'll find yourself in the root directory /
All your personal files and settings are normally stored in /home double click on home to see what's in there. If you have a lot of Users setup on this machine then you'll hopefully see all their 'names' in here and hopefully only have access to your own folder. On my system i've called the only user "user". Double clicking on the user folder you'll now see quite a few folders such as "Documents", "Pictures" and so on. While in this Users folder i am in /home/User and if i now open my Documents folder i am in /home/User/documents

All the folders in my /home/User are already mounted when i boot into Ubuntu

hpefully this has helped rather than confuse but please let us know
Regards from
Tom :)

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Tom (tom6) said :
#2

Ok, try going up to the top taskbar and click on

System - Administration - Synaptic Package Manager

It asks for your user password, not your SuperUser/Root one. Click on the "Search" button and type in

samba

Right-click on it and install it (if it's not already installed) now click on the "Apply" button. While you're in Synaptic its worth doing a "Mark all Updates" and click "Apply" again (this sometimes finds extra things that 'Update Manager' doesn't). The 'samba' package needs a lot of other packages to work and Synaptic will carefully pick up all those that you need - these are called 'dependencies'

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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Tom (tom6) said :
#3

if it is already installed it might be worth "reinstalling" it.

Good luck :)

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Masood (masoodabooali) said :
#4

sorry for my late response. been busy with this FLu and kids here in Virginia!

samba is installed and working fine. do you suggest it may not have been installed properly?

workgroup is working but I cannot move files around since Linux asking to mount the destination folder on which is on Linux machine.

Thanks,

Masood

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From: Tom <email address hidden>
To: <email address hidden>
Sent: Sunday, February 8, 2009 12:36:22 AM
Subject: Re: [Question #60195]: Need help on Mount and File Syatem please?

Your question #60195 on samba in ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/samba/+question/60195

Tom proposed the following answer:
Ok, try going up to the top taskbar and click on

System - Administration - Synaptic Package Manager

It asks for your user password, not your SuperUser/Root one. Click on
the "Search" button and type in

samba

Right-click on it and install it (if it's not already installed) now
click on the "Apply" button. While you're in Synaptic its worth doing a
"Mark all Updates" and click "Apply" again (this sometimes finds extra
things that 'Update Manager' doesn't). The 'samba' package needs a lot
of other packages to work and Synaptic will carefully pick up all those
that you need - these are called 'dependencies'

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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Tom (tom6) said :
#5

Well i thought it was probably someting else but someone suggested trying this first. Annoyingly i still can't find reference to the thing i think would help - if i could remember the question or who gave the answer it'd help but i forgot to bookmark it at the time :(

Apols and regards from
Tom

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Masood (masoodabooali) said :
#6

Hello Tom and hello all,

Hello Tom,

Thanks for your help and support. here is the original question. It may have been the way had phrased my question originally!

1- I have This workgroup consisting of a Linux machine (edUbuntu) and 4 Windows XP computer.
2- I can see all the Windows computer while on my Linux machine and can beows the whole WORKGROUP, however, when I try to move and/or copy (By opening a remote folder from my Linux machine) a file from one Windows machine to my Linux desktop, I get this message from Linux that The destination folder which is on the Linux machine (and I am on the Linux Machine) is not "mounted". The dialog box gives me two options, "cancel" or "Skip".

my question is why this is happening?

when the samba is working as I can see and brows the WORKGROUP and can open all those folders on Windows machines while on Linux, then why can't I move or copy a file from windows machine onto the Linux whiel I am on the Linux machine.

My knowledge from the Linux file system and drive mount isn't that good so, I don't know if this is normal for Linux to have any folder mounted in order to be able to copy a file to it from a Windoes machine?

if that is the case, then would it be possible to mount a folder on Linux, finish the move or copy and then "unmount" it?

and what type of a file system should i choose to mount a folder which is consistent to my current Linux file system?

I hope that I have been able to present the question in such a way that make sense.

Please advise.

Regards,

Masood

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Masood (masoodabooali) said :
#7

Hello Tom,

Thanks for your help and support. here is the original question. It may have been the way had phrased my question originally!

1- I have This workgroup consisting of a Linux machine (edUbuntu) and 4 Windows XP computer.
2- I can see all the Windows computer while on my Linux machine and can brows the whole WORKGROUP, however, when I try to move and/or copy (By opening a remote folder from my Linux machine) a file from one Windows machine to my Linux desktop, I get this message from Linux that The destination folder which is on the Linux machine (and I am on the Linux Machine) is not "mounted". The dialog box gives me two options, "cancel" or "Skip".

my question is why this is happening?

when the samba is working as I can see and brows the WORKGROUP and can open all those folders on Wiondows machines while on Linux, then why can't I move or copy a file from windows machine onto the Linux whiel I am on the Linux machine.

My knowledge from the Linux file system and drive mount isn't that good so, I don't know if this is normal for Linux to have any folder mounted in order to be able to copy a file to it from a Windoes machine?

if that is the case, then would it be possible to mount a folder on Linux, finish the move or copy and then "unmount" it?

and what type of a file system should i choose to mount a folder which is consistant to my current Linux file system?

I hope that I have been able to present the question in such a way that make sense.

Please advise.

Regards,

Masood

________________________________
From: Tom <email address hidden>
To: <email address hidden>
Sent: Sunday, February 8, 2009 12:31:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Question #60195]: Need help on Mount and File Syatem please?

Your question #60195 on samba in ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/samba/+question/60195

    Status: Open => Answered

Tom proposed the following answer:
Well i thought it was probably someting else but someone suggested
trying this first. Annoyingly i still can't find reference to the thing
i think would help - if i could remember the question or who gave the
answer it'd help but i forgot to bookmark it at the time :(

Apols and regards from
Tom

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Masood (masoodabooali) said :
#8

Hi Tom,

here is the Link:

https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/samba/+question/60195

Best Regards,

Masood

________________________________
From: Tom <email address hidden>
To: <email address hidden>
Sent: Sunday, February 8, 2009 12:31:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Question #60195]: Need help on Mount and File Syatem please?

Your question #60195 on samba in ubuntu changed:
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/samba/+question/60195

    Status: Open => Answered

Tom proposed the following answer:
Well i thought it was probably someting else but someone suggested
trying this first. Annoyingly i still can't find reference to the thing
i think would help - if i could remember the question or who gave the
answer it'd help but i forgot to bookmark it at the time :(

Apols and regards from
Tom

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Tom (tom6) said :
#9

Sorry, your question was fine and well put - but sadly there weren't many people on the front desk when you posted it and it ended up getting missed. If you could click on
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/samba/+addquestion
and post your question as a new question then you're more likely to get a good answer now, as there seem to be more people on the front help-desk.

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

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Tom (tom6) said :
#10

If you are still having trouble with this then please post it as a new question. Only the most recent questions tend to get looked at so posting/reposting a question just before america arrives online after work/school gives the best chance of getting a good few answers.
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+addquestion

If the problem has been resolved then please follow the link to the forum thread and mark it as Solved.

Good luck and many regards from
Tom :)

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