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    NAS Desktop Shortcut

    I would like to place a shortcut to a NAS drive on my desktop.

    I cannot seem to find an answer.

    Thanks

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    Re: NAS Desktop Shortcut

    gnome3 doesn't allow this.
    Other DEs do. Which do ou run?

    Also, "NAS" could, mean nfs or cifs. Which do you use? NFS looks like a local directory, so a normal symbolic link works.

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    Re: NAS Desktop Shortcut

    Once you mount it, run:
    Code:
    mount
    What is the output please?

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    Re: NAS Desktop Shortcut

    I am using Xubuntu 20.04.1 LTS using XFCE desktop. The drive is a Buffalo NAS using SAMBA. It is connected properly to my router, but I do not want to drill through the drive tree to access the NAS drive.

    How could I use a symbolic link ?

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    Re: NAS Desktop Shortcut

    Sorry, I don't know anything about XFCE and very little about Samba.

    But a guess would be that you need to mount the storage using the fstab with a cifs mount (no point-n-click), then use a normal symbolic link (ln -s) to make the link. I don't know whether symlinks work to Samba mounts. They definitely do work to NFS mounts, but if you can't or won't use NFS, I just don't know. Sorry.

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    Re: NAS Desktop Shortcut

    Does this fulfill your use case:

    Right click the desktop and select: Create Launcher

    Then fill in the blanks. For example I will create one for a subfolder ( Documents ) of a share ( Public ) on a server ( Orion ):
    SMBLauncher.png

    It wasn't clear if you wanted a subfolder of a share or the share itself. If you just want the share then I would just drop the "/documents" part of the path and just specify the share itself ( public ).

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