Media server running Ubuntu 16.04 and Kodi. Synology NAS in the next room contains all the media.

how can I get my fstab mounts working if they won't mount on bootup? -- tried switching to username/password instead of .smbcredentials, no change.

Tried adding _netdev, no change.

I've tried fixing my /etc/fstab and it's just not working. I'm not sure what the problem is, but I cannot get my NAS folders to mount that way. Posted here, posted on ubuntuforums, no go (didn't get any answers in either one). Every time I reboot I have to ssh in to the box to get my media folders back.

So, I thought I'd take a different approach. I'm assuming there is some issue with my NAS or network that makes mounting at boot via fstab to not work. I don't know.

Since I know that my folders will mount with sudo mount -a, how can I run that command at boot time after everything else (network especially) is done?


One way to add your command at startup would be to add it as a cron job.

Add your command to the root cron by typing in the following line in a terminal window:

sudo crontab -e

then at the bottom of the cron add a line that reads like this:

@reboot /bin/mount -a

or if you want to add a delay of like 10 seconds to it:

@reboot /bin/bash -c 'sleep 10 && /bin/mount -a'

that should tell it to run the mount -a command as root at boot up time.

Or, you could add it to your system wide crontab by editing the following file:


and adding the following line:

@reboot root /bin/bash -c 'sleep 10 && /bin/mount -a'

Hope this helps!

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  • askubuntu.com/questions/335615/… -- had to add "root" before /bin/bash. Still doesn't work though. They mount fine with sudo mount but @reboot root /bin/bash -c 'sleep 10 && /sbin/mount -a' doesn't do anything. Is it the /sbin that's the problem? I got an error with /bin – jcollum Jul 7 '16 at 2:11
  • Oh wait it worked but using sudo crontab -e seems to open the wrong crontab. I did sudo vi crontab and it worked – jcollum Jul 7 '16 at 2:25
  • @jcollum That is interesting, but glad you got it working. =) – Terrance Jul 7 '16 at 2:27
  • @jcollum I am going to add that to my answer here. – Terrance Jul 7 '16 at 2:32

Maybe it's trying to mount your share before the network is ready.

In this case, you should add _netdev option in your /etc/fstab.

Example :

//server/share /mountpoint  cifs username=xx,password=yy,_netdev 0 0

This forces the OS to wait for the network to be ready before trying to mount this mountpoint.

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  • _netdev - sorry, I forgot to mention that I tried that. – jcollum Jul 1 '16 at 12:58

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