I'm trying to mount an IOmega NAS drive through fstab, but it doesn't mount on boot. All devices are on the same 192.168.1.x network.

After running dmesg, what I get is:

[    1.916474] CIFS VFS: Error connecting to socket. Aborting operation.
[    1.916844] CIFS VFS: cifs_mount failed w/return code = -101

My fstab reads:

//         /mnt/hmnhd-ticroj/music     cifs    _netdev,gid=xxx,uid=xxx,credentials=/home/xxx/credentials.txt,rw    0   0

so that, after booting, the manual mounting:

$ sudo mount -a

works fine.

Actually, this fstab file worked also fine with Ubuntu 14.04, and stopped working when I upgraded to 15.10. I have the feeling that fstab doesn't wait for the network, even though the option _netdev has been included, but this is just my feeling.

Any ideas?

  • I do a similar mount but I don't use the _netdev, gid, or uid options. My line in fstab looks like this. the important part might be nobootwait. //\040Photos /media/ST8-Photos cifs credentials=[credential file],iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777,nobootwait 0 0 – Organic Marble Oct 30 '15 at 22:36
  • I have tried using your options, but, unfortunately, it didn't solve the problem. After a verbose manual mounting, I also get a strange message: Credential formatted incorrectly: (null). All drives are properly mounted, though. – Oscar Alejos Nov 2 '15 at 16:24

comment=systemd.automount fstab parameter helped me.

Example fstab:

//host/share /media/user/share cifs _netdev,comment=systemd.automount,credentials=/path/to/.smbcredentials,sec=ntlm,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777   0 0


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    If you could make that answer more detailed it would be nice. A link to a website may change and your answer would be lost as the internet is not a static place. – KGIII Nov 3 '15 at 8:00
  • The option you suggested seems to have done the trick. Good job! – Oscar Alejos Nov 4 '15 at 18:44

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