[shifter-users] Window Switch problem

Jimi Bove jimijames.bove at gmail.com
Tue Feb 15 17:08:54 GMT 2011

I think we have found the problem. avahi-discover can see everything on my
network and get the information on it all just fine, including other Linux
and Mac stuff. However, anything that comes from my Windows computer is
detected, but I can't get any info on it. It just says "Error:
org.freedesktop.Avahi.TimeoutError: Timeout reached". I don't have another
Windows device, so the problem is either A) my Linux computer can't talk to
Windows or B) something besides the firewall is messing up on Windows.

On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 11:36 PM, Antoine Martin <antoine at devloop.org.uk>wrote:

> Can you login via ssh as that user?
> Multicast is tricky but you are right: if it has connected before, it
> should be ok.
> Try running avahi-discover to browse the services it advertises.
> The quick-connect window does use ssh if you select it, which should not be
> necessary since you have disabled the firewalls, but is worth trying anyway.
> Note: the server should be running on the system before you attempt to
> connect. If the applet is running, it should have started a server for you
> already (unless you disabled it in the options).
> The accounts do not have to be the same, it shouldn't make much difference
> unless you start fiddling the user account multicast filter ("match
> username").
> If all else fails, you can run the server in debug mode and send me the log
> output (starting when you attempt to connect if possible):
> winswitch_server --debug-mode
> Cheers
> Antoine
> On 15/02/11 10:19, Jimi Bove wrote:
>> I forgot to add, I think it might have something to do with the users. I
>> can't figure out how to create users the computers can log into, but I don't
>> know how they could log in to some random user. I mean it requires a
>> password. How do I set all that stuff? And does the fact that the usernames
>> of the accounts on both computers are the same, as are the usernames
>> connected to their local servers, change anything?
>> On Mon, Feb 14, 2011 at 7:17 PM, Jimi Bove <jimijames.bove at gmail.com<mailto:
>> jimijames.bove at gmail.com>> wrote:
>>    I'm trying to get my Linux and Windows computers connected with
>>    this program and it just refuses to work. When I first tried it, I
>>    launched winsitch_applet through the terminal in Linux. The tray
>>    icon didn't appear, but the server started and the Windows
>>    computer automatically connected. After that incident, the tray
>>    icon now appears and both computers see each other, but they can't
>>    connect. I've tried every setting with both firewalls disabled,
>>    and I don't know what else to try. The fact that it worked once
>>    rules out multicast issues, doesn't it?

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