I'm trying to automatically mount a samba share residing on nas running openmediavault 5.6.12-1 and samba version 4.9.5-Debian on my desktop running Ubuntu 20.04.3.

After following the instructions in the openmediavault forum and the ubuntu community I added the following command to my fstab file:

// /media/nasMounted cifs credentials=/root/.memoriaCredentials,uid=1000,gid=1000,noperm,rw,vers=3.0 0 0

When I execute sudo mount -a the share folder is mounted correctly without errors. Unfortunately, after rebooting the PC the folder is not mounted automatically. I haven't found any instructions on the internet suggesting a different and equally practicable way to mount a cifs share folder and without any error in the log I have no idea what I'm doing wrong.

What's wrong with the command that I added to the fstab? How can I automount the cifs share at boot? Thank you in advance.

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    the only difference between your fstab entry and mine //[NAS share_name] /media/NAS/GnV_Common cifs username=[name],password=[password],rw,uid=1000,gid=500 where it works perfectly well. I haven't included vers=3.0 or noperm params. For exploration purposes, perhaps try editing those out to see what changes. I would do that by copy/paste the line, make your changes and and comment out the line(s) you need to suppress.
    – 24601
    Nov 8, 2021 at 21:36
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    I mount shares through fstab as well; it works reliably. I have the vers=3.0 parameter but instead of noperm I have nofail. Based on this and the comment by @24601, I suspect the problem is the noperm parameter. Edit: I also don't have the rw parameter. Nov 8, 2021 at 21:52
  • I removed all flags from the entry in the fstab: // /media/nasMounted cifs credentials=/root/.memoriaCredentials 0 0 but without any improvement. When I click on the share though nautilus before executing sudo mount -a I get this error: Unable to access "nasMounted" mount: /media/nasMounted: operation permitted for root only. I suppose it has to do with the ownership of the hosting folder. Probably normal since I'm not root. Nov 9, 2021 at 10:05

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Since the share will mount when you issue a sudo mount -a I suspect there is nothing wrong with your fstab declaration. It does suggest a timing issue. Linux is reading fstab before the network stack is up and operational so when it goes to mount the network share it fails.

2 possibilities are to turn this into a "mount on demand":

[1] Keep your current mount point but add two more options: noauto,user

// /media/nasMounted cifs credentials=/root/.memoriaCredentials,uid=1000,gid=1000,noperm,rw,vers=3.0,noauto,user 0 0

When you boot your system the share will not mount but it will show up on the side panel of your file manager as a launcher. Click on it and it will go to fstab to see how to mount it then do so.

EDIT: As pointed out below I should have made sure the credentials file was readable by the ordinary user for this method to work. Placing it under one's home directory would be a better choice.

[2] Change your mount point and use a systemd automounter.

Mount point cannot be under your home directory or /media so I would suggest something like /mnt/nasMounted. Then add two options noauto,x-systemd.automount

// /mnt/nasMounted cifs credentials=/root/.memoriaCredentials,uid=1000,gid=1000,noperm,rw,vers=3.0,noauto,x-systemd.automount 0 0

This works by accessing the /mnt/nasMounted mount point. Either by you directly through the file manager, or by any application, or by any other process. Pretty much anything accessing that mount point will trigger a mount all without your intervention.

Either way after you edit fstab run these two commands to make systemd happy:

sudo systemctl daemon-reload

sudo systemctl restart remote-fs.target
  • I was also suspecting that the problem had to do with a timing issue, like reported in the Troubleshooting section at Ubuntu wiki. But your explanation and proposed solutions are far better. I already tried the solution [1], which works beautifully with one exception: when I clicked on the share from the file manager,I get this error error 13(Permission denied) opening credential file /root/.memoriaCredentials. Since both the folder and the file are restricted to root, I created a new credential file in my home folder. Better solution? Nov 9, 2021 at 21:42
  • I should have asked about the /root/.memoriaCredentials file to make sure it was readable to you. I got sloppy.
    – Morbius1
    Nov 9, 2021 at 21:53

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