I need to mount a smb share in my laptop. I added it in fstab, but it doesn't seem to be mounting at boot. I need to type mount -a manually to mount it. I think it is because the laptop is not getting connected to the network when its booted. I tried to add a cron to mount it 1 minute after reboot, but it is also not working.

Since I am the only one using this laptop, it is Ok to mount it when I login. So how to add a cronjob to mount it when I login ?

OS: ubuntu 16.04

samba running in a raspberry pi in home network

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    Can you post the relevant line in your fstab? My setup mounts samba shares every boot with no trouble. – Organic Marble Jan 19 '17 at 3:52
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    @OrganicMarble // /movies cifs username=root,password=xxxx 0 0 – screenslaver Jan 19 '17 at 3:58
  • Try adding ,nobootwait after your ,password=xxxx entry. My fstab entries also have ,iocharset=utf8,sec=ntlm,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777,uid=[me],gid=[me], but I don't know if that is relevant to your problem. – Organic Marble Jan 19 '17 at 4:01
  • adding nobootwait did not solve the problem. let me try with all these entries – screenslaver Jan 19 '17 at 4:07
  • Your tag says you have 14.04 but your question says 16.04. It's important because 16.04 doesn't support nobootwait. If you really have 16.04, try nofail instead. – Organic Marble Jan 19 '17 at 4:25

Add the command to mount the share at the end of ~/.bash_profile. This will execute the command when you login.


To mount samba share automatically when system reboot, You need to add an entry to the /etc/fstab file.

//server-name/sharename /mountpoint cifs username=smbuser,password=smbpass 0 0

When system reboot, Ubuntu will mount the samba share specified in the /etc/fstab file.

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    I have done this but the drive does not mount. I think it may have to do with network services being unavailable when it attempts to mount. – jchook Jan 7 '18 at 18:47

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