smbfs stops working after upgrading from ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10

Just has another little problem while upgrading from Ubuntu 12.04 to Ubuntu 12.10.  It seems that smbfs no longers works in Ubuntu 12.10.  Once again, why don’t the developers make a webpage or a popup application which tells you these changes?  It would save hours of time for lots of users.

Anyhow, here is how I converted my fstab to work.  Before it looked like this:

//server/share /mnt/server/share smbfs iocharset=utf8,credentials=/path/to/.smbcredentials,uid=1000,gid=1000

Afterwards, I changed smbfs -> cifs and remove the gid.

//server/share /mnt/server/share cifs iocharset=utf8,credentials=/path/to/.smbcredentials,uid=1000 0 0

If you have problems then tail the /var/log/kern.log

tail -f /var/log/kern.log

Great. Back up an running again.

Unity freezing after upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10

I just upgraded my desktop from Ubuntu 12.04 to 12.10.   Everything looked good until I tried to launch an application – then Unity frooze.  I thought it might be nvidia driver issues and tried:

apt-get remove nvidia-current;
apt-get install nvidia-current-updates;

However, this didn’t fixed the problem.  After some searching around it appears that reseting Unity to default fixed the issue.  I wish the developers would make an upgrade script which checks that the Unity settings are okay (Firefox does this after an upgrade). Anyhow, here is how to reset Unity to its defaults.   You can either:

unity --reset

Or you can use this script which manages the process for you:  It is hosted on bitbucket at  .  However, I installed it from the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:amith/ubuntutools
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-reset

I used the script and it worked really well.  Hurray.