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Bug 90518 - No obvious way to access Samba client browser while running KDE
No obvious way to access Samba client browser while running KDE
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kdeadmin (Show other bugs)
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Assigned To: Ngo Than
Ben Levenson
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Reported: 2003-05-09 02:44 EDT by Mitsu Hadeishi
Modified: 2007-04-18 12:53 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-05-09 04:06:46 EDT
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Description Mitsu Hadeishi 2003-05-09 02:44:56 EDT
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Description of problem:
For a variety of reasons I prefer the KDE desktop (ease of creating launchers
that run as root, etc.).  However, in Red Hat 9's implementation of the KDE
desktop, it's not at all obvious how one would go about finding the Samba client
browser.  After rebooting back in GNOME I realized I needed to type in smb:/
into a Konqueror window, and all would be well...  In the GNOME desktop it's
possible to find this via the "start here" icon --- while running KDE, there's
no clear way to figure this out.

In other distros there is the "LinNeighborhood" --- the RH9 solution is more
elegant, but there should be a default icon somewhere to find this (ideally,
even on the desktop, but at the very least in one of the menus).

I wasted at least an hour trying to figure this out... seems for usability's
sake, this ought to be addressed in a future release of Red Hat.

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Steps to Reproduce:
1. Run KDE session
2. Try to figure out how to browse Samba shares

Actual Results:  No obvious way to figure this out

Expected Results:  Would prefer if there were some icon pre-set to browse Samba

Additional info:
Comment 1 Mitsu Hadeishi 2003-05-09 03:53:13 EDT
Hmm.  Further experimentation shows that smb:/ doesn't work consistently in Konqueror.  
Though it lists the shares you cannot always navigate into them correctly.  For example, 
setting up a Samba server on localhost and then attempting to navigate into a share results in 
a blank display (but exploring using Nautilus or smbclient works fine). 
So how does one explore Samba share in KDE under Red Hat 9?  What I am doing now is 
running Nautilus inside KDE, but that's clearly a kludgy way to do this. 
Comment 2 Ngo Than 2003-05-09 04:06:46 EDT
it's fixed in kdebase-3.1-13, which will be released as errata soon.
Comment 3 Mitsu Hadeishi 2003-05-09 11:10:21 EDT
I hope you're also going to fix the UI issue that is associated with this bug, i.e., that it is not 
obvious at all that one ought to type smb:/// into Konqueror to browse Samba shares. 
It's also not clear from a UI point of view how one might mount Samba shares into the 

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