Here are the instructions I am using:
These instructions work up to a point. I can mount the shares but the mounted shares are read only. There are several articles concerning this on the web but no clear answers.
Now create a directory where you want to mount your share (e.g. /media/samba_share):
sudo mkdir /media/samba_share
Now, using any editor, and add a line to /etc/fstab for your SMB share as follows:
sudo cp /etc/fstab /etc/fstab.bak
gksu gedit /etc/fstab
Add a line for your SMB share:
//myserver_ip_address/myshare /media/samba_share cifs credentials=/etc/samba/user,noexec 0 0
The share will mount automatically when you boot. The "noexec" option prevents executable scripts running from the SMB share.
To mount the share now, without rebooting,
sudo mount /media/samba_share
I give up, I cannot spend the entire weekend on something that should take one minute.
I have lots of other things I need to do, I will just use Windows until someone can tell me what I am doing wrong here.