It seems that smbmount is not available in Kubuntu 12.10:

 - neptune():~$ smbmount // samba/ -o rw
smbmount: command not found
 - neptune():~$ apt-file search smbmount
manpages-zh: /usr/share/man/zh_CN/man8/smbmount.8.gz
manpages-zh: /usr/share/man/zh_TW/man8/smbmount.8.gz
 - neptune():~$ aptitude search smbmount
 - neptune():~$

Furthermore, I cannot seem to use smbfs to mount:

 - neptune():~$ sudo mount -t smbfs // samba/ -o rw
mount: unknown filesystem type 'smbfs'
 - neptune():~$ aptitude search smbfs
 - neptune():~$  

Any ideas how to continue?

  • Lamentably, the Debian samba package installs a "man samba" page that still talks about smbmount instead of mount.cifs - thanks for the more up-to-date information !
    – user149804
    Apr 16, 2013 at 15:26

1 Answer 1


smbmount has been deprecated in favor of mount.cifs. I want to say "since at least 2008" but I can't find a reference.

Here's the accompanying manpage. You would use these parameters instead:

 sudo mount -t cifs // samba/ -o rw

You might also need to install the cifs-utils Install cifs-utils package.


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    The package name is cifs-utils. Thanks anyway
    – Ninsuo
    May 2, 2013 at 15:07
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    For the record, this is what worked for me on Debian 8: mount.cifs //{ip address}/{dir} /mnt/remote --verbose -o "port=8888,username=foo,password=bar,sec=ntlm".
    – Adriano P
    May 11, 2016 at 17:55
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    Building off of @AdrianoP I had to add a "vers=1.0" to the end: mount.cifs //{ip address}/{dir} /mnt/remote --verbose -o "port=8888,username=foo,password=bar,sec=ntlm,vers=1.0" Jun 27, 2019 at 13:23
  • I also had to install keyutils for sec=krb support or I would get an error 2 when trying to mount Sep 11, 2019 at 14:25
  • The -o rw which I consider the important part gives me mount: bad usage \\ Try 'mount --help' for more information.
    – Cadoiz
    Jan 18, 2021 at 13:23

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