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I am trying to mount cifs/samba drives on an Ubuntu machine. It seems as though I either need to run it under root or modify my fstab, which also requires root permissions.

On Mac, mount_smbfs does not require root.

Is there any way for a normal user to mount without requiring root to either modify the fstab OR running it in Ubuntu 10.04?

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You may also try with SMBNetFS – Takkat Nov 19 '11 at 22:02
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Mount requires root. Always.

However on desktop machines, it is common to circumvent this. Ubuntu Desktop (with Gnome GUI) allows local users to mount smbfs/cifs network shares via Places -> Connect to Server -> Windows shares.

There are other options to allow user mounts. To enable them, you will need support from root.

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Does the circumvention require a one time root access? – engineerchuan Nov 19 '11 at 21:38
@engineerchuan Yes. (However, on a standard desktop install, the circumvention is the default behaviour.) – Jan Nov 19 '11 at 21:42

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