I'm failing with mounting XP share, receiving message:


mount error(110): Connection timed out

Refer to the mount.cifs(8) manual page (e.g. man mount.cifs)

When I try to list shares with smbclient, finally I receive message:


Running timed event "tevent_req_timedout" 0x7f2902964ad0

Error connecting to (Success)

lang_tdb_init: /usr/share/samba/en_US:en.msg: No such file or


Connection to failed (Error NT_STATUS_UNSUCCESSFUL)

I wasn't able to find solution, could anyone advise?


  • I'm trying to mount share of NT-domain machine with XP which is accessed via VPN. While my ubuntu machine is still in default WORKGROUP. Is this possible at all?
  • Connection to target machine could be established, f.e. I can connect to it via RDP.
  • Command executed to mount: mount -t cifs // /media/share_name -o username=XPDomainUsername,password=XPDomainPassword,workgroup=XPDomainName
  • Command executed to list shares: smbclient -L // -U XPDomainName\\XPDomainUsername --debuglevel=10
  • What's the command you're running? – jelmer Aug 14 '11 at 22:48
  • To mount: mount -t cifs // /media/share_name -o username=XPDomainUsername,password=XPDomainPassword,workgroup=XPDomainName – milkywayfarer Aug 14 '11 at 22:57
  • To list shares: smbclient -L // -U XPDomainName\\XPDomainUsername --debuglevel=10 – milkywayfarer Aug 14 '11 at 22:59
  • It seems, that this is firewall issue, and file sharing ports are blocked for VPN connections. I can telnet on 445'th port of my XP machine from LAN, while I can't telnet the same via VPN, getting timeout exception: telnet: Unable to connect to remote host: Connection timed out – milkywayfarer Aug 14 '11 at 23:14
  • I also had this problem, and specifying both hostname and IP solved it. – user168673 Jun 20 '13 at 1:48

You might have to specify the IP address separately because most Windows servers require you to specify the NetBIOS name too, e.g.

smbclient -L XPHostName -I -U XPDomainName\\XPDomainUsername --debuglevel=10
  • Thanks Jelmer. But unfortunately, filesharing via VPN is restricted in my network. – milkywayfarer Aug 21 '11 at 15:04

After a lot of searching I found a solution, which worked for me.

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    Whilst this may theoretically answer the question, it would be preferable to include the essential parts of the answer here, and provide the link for reference. – Octavian A. Damiean Feb 17 '12 at 15:36
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    Sometimes comments to answers are more valuable than the answer. – migu Dec 11 '13 at 10:58

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