I have managed to successfully mount a WD Livebook share (called tv with Public access) using the following command:

sudo mount -t cifs -o credentials=/smb-credentials,dir_mode=0777,file_mode=0777,rw,soft,sec=ntlm,vers=1.0 // /home/pi/livebook

However, I would like to do this automatically by amending /etc/fstab. But doing that just doesn't seem to work. Here is the line I added to the fstab file:

// /home/pi/livebook cifs credentials=/smb-credentials,dir_mode=0777,file_mode=0777,rw,soft,sec=ntlm,vers=1.0 0 0

Help would be much appreciated. I'm new to this but have got shares on a WDMirror mounting automatically but not with the WDLiveBook? Seems very odd.



  • What exactly does "doesn't seem to work" mean? What have you done after inserting that line into /etc/fstab, and what was the result? Was there an error message?
    – Tilman
    Apr 9, 2020 at 15:59
  • Hi .. when I run the command line version a folder with a mount icon appears on the desktop and the files from the share arer visible in it .. when I reboot and the fstab runs I was expecting the same to happen but it isn't there. There is a /home/pi/livebook folder but nothing in it. Let me try again and make it clearer. I'm not sure where an error message will be. Also now I think about it I am wondering if the home folder is the right place for this?
    – dracstorey
    Apr 9, 2020 at 16:19
  • Messages from the processing of /etc/fstab should be in /var/log/syslog. Also try the command sudo mount -a and see whether it produces any error message.
    – Tilman
    Apr 9, 2020 at 16:27
  • Hi .. thanks I'll take a look at both those options. I've changed the folder from /home/pi/livebook to /wdmirror to avoid using the home folder ..still works for the command line version as /wdmirror now shows the files and directories of the share ... but the fstab didn't mount the share. Running sudo mount -a gives me a mount error(22) invalid argument refer to mount.cifs(8) manual page ...I'm checking the log but it's quite long and I'm scrolling down to the end!
    – dracstorey
    Apr 9, 2020 at 16:45
  • The log says CIFS VFS: cifs_mount failed w/return code = -22
    – dracstorey
    Apr 9, 2020 at 16:48

1 Answer 1


I now have this working.

There were two things which I changed:

  1. A typo in the /etc/fstab file .. the line in the question above is correct. however ...
  2. More importantly after some testing I created a new directory /wdmirror changed its ownership to the user I log in with pi. Changed permissions to read and write as well. Using the /wdmirror directory instead of /home/pi/livebook worked fine. It may something about the home directory it doesn't like - I'm no expert so will need to read more about that.

The correct line in fstab is now:

// /wdmirror cifs credentials=/smb-credentials,dir_mode=0777,file_mode=0777,rw,soft,sec=ntlm,vers=1.0 0 0

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