• Kubuntu desktop 18.04, tower
  • Lubuntu desktop 18.04, laptop
  • Windows 10, laptop


   path = /home/myusername
   available = yes
   valid users = myusername
   read only = no
   browseable = yes
   public = yes
   writable = yes
  • I thought that there was a typo on the website, but when I checked it out on samba.org, I found that writable is a synonym for writeable.


$ sudo mount -t cifs -o username=myusername,password=mypassword //192.168.###.###/kubuntu_home /mnt/kubuntu_home



From Lubuntu, I can read files but cannot write.

  • From Kubuntu, ls -l ~ shows files and directories as belonging to myusername myusername.
  • From Lubuntu, ls -l /mnt/kubuntu_home/ displays all files and folders as belonging to root root.
  • Somewhere along the way, I saw a suggestion to add force user = myusername to smb.conf. This did not make a difference.
  • No problems reading/writing from Windows.

1 Answer 1


Take possession of the mounted share so that it's owned by you not root.

Change this:

$ sudo mount -t cifs -o username=myusername,password=mypassword //192.168.###.###/kubuntu_home /mnt/kubuntu_home

To this:

$ sudo mount -t cifs -o username=myusername,password=mypassword,uid=1000 //192.168.###.###/kubuntu_home /mnt/kubuntu_home

By adding uid=1000 to the list of options.

Note: Your uid number on the Lubuntu machine may not be 1000. To verify that number run id in a terminal and change the mount command if necessary.

  • Thanks very much @Morbius1!
    – granti128
    Jul 13, 2019 at 19:00

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