I don't understand the bad usage that is happening here. I am trying to mount a samba share (NAS) and I get mount: bad usage. I was under the impression mount is used:

mount <options> <localtion to mount> <local place its mounted>

So I attempted to create that with this:

sudo mount -t cifs -o username=USER, password=PASSWORD //IPADRRESS:/homes /media/backups/

I got this from the man pages and the following references (I realize some are referencing NFS when I have stated I am using samba):

[1] https://wiki.qnap.com/wiki/Talk:Mounting_an_NFS_share_on_Ubuntu

[2] https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-an-nfs-mount-on-ubuntu-16-04

[3] https://linux.die.net/man/8/mount

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    Don't put blanks after commas. -o username=USER,password=PASSWORD
    – waltinator
    Oct 23, 2018 at 17:27

2 Answers 2


Several things I see:

  1. You give link to a tutorial on nfs (Network File System) and not CIFS (Common Internet File System).
  2. The format for cifs is:

    mount -t cifs //server-name/share-name /mnt/cifs -o username=USER,password=PASSWORD
    • No space as pointed out from previous answer, and
    • No : between IP address and share folder

So your mount command should be:

 sudo mount -t cifs -o username=USER,password=PASSWORD //IPADRRESS/homes /media/backups/

You have a space in your options. All of the -o options should not have any spaces between them.

Hope this helps

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