I mount a samba share with the following command:

# mount -t cifs // pc -o username=username,password=xxxxx

But only root can go inside that share.

How to allow users read/write in the share?

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If only one user needs read/write access, you can make them the owner of the mounted directory using the option uid=<linux_username>:

mount -t cifs // pc -o uid=<unix_username>,username=username,password=xxxxx

If more than one user need read/write access, you can create a group, add the users to it:

addgroup new_group
adduser user1 new_group
adduser user2 new_group
adduser user3 new_group

then mount the share using options gid, file_mode and dir_mode:

mount -t cifs // pc -o gid=new_group,file_mode=0664,dir_mode=0775,username=username,password=xxxxx

More information: mount.cifs manual page.

  • Quick question: Does SAMBA require FUSE, as sshfs does?
    – earthmeLon
    Sep 8, 2015 at 20:55
  • @earthmeLon No, Samba doesn't require FUSE. Sep 8, 2015 at 22:57

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