I want to mount a Windows share using CIFS on my Ubuntu 17.04 machine. I want to use an SMB credentials file for the authentication details, but always get "mount error(13): Permission denied" if I try to use a credentials file. If I embed the username/password in the mount command line I have no problems.

For example, this command fails with "mount error(13): Permission denied":

sudo mount -t cifs //servername/sharename /home/myuser/mediafolder -o credentials=/home/myuser/.smbcredentials,dir_mode=0777,file_mode=0777

But this command works fine, and mounts the share correctly:

sudo mount -t cifs //servername/sharename /home/myuser/mediafolder -o user="My User",pass=MyPassword,dir_mode=0777,file_mode=0777

My .smbcredentials file looks like this:

username='My User'

After creating the .smbcredentials file I did this:

sudo chown root .smbcredentials
sudo chmod 600 .smbcredentials

Finally, I should add that I've been executing all of these commands in a VNC session from a Windows VNC client (I don't know if that's relevant).

Any idea what's wrong with my .smbcredentials file?

  • Just wondering: Are you sure about the workgroup? This parameter is optional and you didn't give it in the user/password version. – muclux Nov 30 '17 at 21:07
  • I successfully use a credentials file. I don't have the single quotes on the username, and I don't supply a workgroup. – Organic Marble Nov 30 '17 at 21:25
  • I've also tried it without the workgroup parameter and got the same error. Unfortunately my Windows username has an embedded space, so I believe that the quotes are essential? – Ian M Nov 30 '17 at 21:40
  • Yes, I'd imagine so. Perhaps root owning it is wrong? I own my credentials file, with permissions of 600 (same permissions as you). I'd at least try that. – Organic Marble Nov 30 '17 at 23:01

So it seems that the quotes in my .smbcredentials file were not required after all. I changed the first line to:

username=My User

and do not get the error message any more.


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