since i updated my ubuntu to natty narwhal(from 10.04), my mount script doesn't work anymore.

The scripts mounts a folder from a NAS (WD mybookworld) in the local network to a folder in my home folder.

script looked like that:

sudo mount //\ Music/ /home/simon/Musik/


mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on // Music/,
   missing codepage or helper program, or other error
   (for several filesystems (e.g. nfs, cifs) you might
   need a /sbin/mount.<type> helper program)
   Manchmal liefert das Syslog wertvolle Informationen – versuchen
   Sie  dmesg | tail  oder so

now, because the script doesn't work anymore i decided to add the mount-process to my fstab, because the network drive should be mounted on every startup.

My fstab entry looks like this:

//\ Music/ /home/simon/Musik cifs credentials=/home/simon/.smbcredentials 0 0

But it doesn't work, too. I get a message during the startup process, that Musik couldn't be mounted.

Are there any log files i can check for errors? The system is a fresh installed 11.04.


  • your answers fixed the mount issue. and for the fstab entry, i had to replace the space with a \040 and now everything works. thanks for the help! – Graslandpinguin Jun 12 '11 at 15:27

The error message is pretty clear, it does not recognize the filesystem type.
/sbin/mount.cifs is provided by the cifs-utils package, you need to install that package for mounting Samba shares.


Try sudo apt-get install smbfs. That should re-install the necessary CIFS helpers need to mount the drive. Not sure why this would suddenly stop working after an upgrade though.

  • It looks like that package isn't available anymore; cifs-utils should work instead – Jon Onstott Jan 7 '15 at 18:23

Works for me with:

sudo apt-get install cifs-utils

if you already have the correct file system installed, you could specify which file system to use in your mount command:

sudo mount -t cifs //\ Music/ /home/simon/Musik/

From a fresh install I did:

sudo apt-get install samba smbfs

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