View Full Version : [SOLVED] Samba Share in Fstab not working

January 31st, 2010, 07:06 AM
This is probably something simple, but I can't get it to work.

Trying to share a folder from one 9.10 machine to another.

Shared folder is /home/bill/1a. I can browse for it in Nautilus on the other machine and it mounts fine. smb://bill-lenovo/1a/ I can bookmark it, but want it to mount at startup.

The bill-lenovo machine is This is the line I'm trying to add to Fstab on the second machine.

// /media/1a smbfs

The error I get is "Mount point does not exist" but /media/1a does exist on the second machine.

Edit: Oh, it was something simple. When I copied that line, I didn't take out the line break. That solved it.

I've also tried
// /media/1a smbfs

in case the error applies to the shared folder but that doesn't work either.

What am I doing wrong?


February 17th, 2010, 06:10 AM
hello I had the same problem when I went from Hardy to Karmic..

the exact same line which worked in Hardy didn't work in Karmic


because for some strange reason, TPTB decided that when someone types in the the command:

[sudo] apt-get install samba

cifs will not be included and you will in fact have to install it separately

-and it gets worse! you cannot actually do a:

[sudo] apt-get install cifs

-there's no such package! Despite smbfs being "deprecated" in favour of cifs some time ago, you actually have to (SEPARATELY) run the command:

[sudo] apt-get install smbfs

or do them both separately like:

[sudo] apt-get install samba smbfs

why? I don't know

...but once I installed smbfs - which was not installed by default when I installed "samba" - I was able to make my samba shares in my fstab file mount properly...

go figure