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automount samba shares as devices in /mnt/

Terminal - automount samba shares as devices in /mnt/
sudo vi /etc/fstab; Go//smb-share/gino /mnt/place smbfs defaults,username=gino,password=pass 0 0<esc>:wq; mount //smb-share/gino
2009-04-02 16:04:35
User: GinoMan2440
Functions: mount sudo vi
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automount samba shares as devices in /mnt/

the middle command between the ; and ; is the vi commands that insert that line into the last line of the file, the esc with the carets is literally hitting the escape key, you have to have the smbfs package installed to do it, I use it to access my iTunes music on my mac from my linux PC's with amarok so I can play the music anywhere in the house. among other things, it allows you to access the files on that share from your computer anytime you're on that network.

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echo "//smb-share/gino /mnt/place smbfs defaults,username=gino,password=pass 0 0" |sudo tee -a /etc/fsstab ;mount /mnt/place

Also, it's unwise to store passwords in a world-readable file. One way to fix this is to remove the world-readable part (not advised)

sudo chmod o-r /etc/fstab

and a better way is to instead use the credentials parameter. For this save the username and pass in a file:

echo -e "username=gino\npassword=pass">~/.smb.credentials ;chmod go-x ~/.smb.credentials

and then use this line in fstab instead.

echo "//smb-share/gino /mnt/place smbfs defaults,credentials=/home/$USER/.smb.credentials 0 0" |sudo tee -a /etc/fsstab ;mount /mnt/place

This way your username and password is tucked away in your home dir. Note however, that it's still in plaintext, and any user with root access can still view it.

A more secure method is to use smb4k or another user-space program that stores passwords encrypted, although it's not quite as seamless. Nonetheless, session managers tend to work out ok figuring these bits out, and symlinks make it relatively painless, without exposing a password.

Comment by clockworkavian 298 weeks and 2 days ago

TYPO: i typed fsstab on accident. Sorry about that.

Comment by clockworkavian 298 weeks and 2 days ago

I was wondering how to fix that actually... that bothered me too. also, I did the interactive command because in my experience, using

echo "This is my sentence" > myFile

causes "myFile" to be overwritten with just that sentence. I don't know why bash is behaving like that, it just does.... unless that's why you piped to sudo tee rather than piped stdout to fstab.

Comment by GinoMan2440 296 weeks and 6 days ago

Your point of view

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