I would like to access my local data, which is exported as a samba share, as if I am a samba client. Basically, how do I correctly mount my own samba share? The following mount (device) parameters:


All result in "mount: special device <device> does not exist".

Other clients have no trouble connecting/mounting the share. gvfs/Nautilus mounting is also working just fine. Ubuntu 12.04 in use.

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    To access a samba share, don't you need to preface it with "smb:"? As-in "smb://" – Aaron Oct 2 '12 at 14:20
  • The linux smb client doesn't support the smb:// prefix. – maxywb Jan 20 '17 at 22:35

Thank you for the comments and answers. Looking at the issue with fresh eyes today, it appears to be a simple mount type (-t) option issue. All of the suggested device parameters, including //HOSTNAME/SHARE_NAME, are okay when used in the following mount command:
sudo mount -t cifs -o guest //LOCALHOST/SHARE_NAME //DIRECTORY/MOUNT_POINT
As for the device name variations - it seems best practice to use to refer to the host.


from console:

#mount -t smbfs -o username=username,"password=password" //  /mnt/tmp
  • I believe that CIFS protocol is the successor to the SMB protocol and that smbfs is now deprecated and unmaintained. Refer to mount.cifs – Dean Oct 3 '12 at 14:40

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