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       smbmount service mount-point [ -o options ]


       smbmount  mounts  a  Linux  SMB  filesystem. It is usually
       invoked as mount.smbfs by the mount(8) command when  using
       the  "-t  smbfs" option. This command only works in Linux,
       and the kernel must support the smbfs filesystem.

       Options to smbmount are  specified  as  a  comma-separated
       list  of  key=value  pairs. It is possible to send options
       other than those listed here, assuming that smbfs supports
       them. If you get mount failures, check your kernel log for
       errors on unknown options.

       smbmount is a daemon.  After  mounting  it  keeps  running
       until  the  mounted  smbfs is umounted. It will log things
       that happen when in daemon mode using the  "machine  name"
       smbmount, so typically this output will end up in log.smb­
       mount.  The  smbmount   process   may   also   be   called

       NOTE: smbmount calls smbmnt(8) to do the actual mount. You
       must make sure that smbmnt is in the path so that  it  can
       be found.


              specifies  the  username  to connect as. If this is
              not given, then the environment variable   USER  is
              used.   This   option   can   also  take  the  form
              "user%password" or "user/workgroup" or  "user/work­
              group%password" to allow the password and workgroup
              to be specified as part of the username.

              specifies the SMB password. If this option  is  not
              given then the environment variable PASSWD is used.
              If it can find no password smbmount will prompt for
              a passeword, unless the guest option is given.

              Note  that  password  which  contain  the arguement
              delimiter character (i.e. a comma ',') will  failed
              to  be  parsed  correctly on the command line. How­
              ever, the same password defined in the PASSWD envi­
              ronment  variable or a credentials file (see below)
              will be read correctly.

              specifies a file that contains  a  username  and/or
              password. The format of the file is:

              sets the uid that will own all files on the mounted
              filesystem.   It may be specified as either a user­
              name or a numeric uid.

              sets the gid that will own all files on the mounted
              filesystem.  It may be specified as either a group­
              name or a numeric gid.

              sets the remote SMB port  number.  The  default  is

              sets the file mask. This determines the permissions
              that remote files have  in  the  local  filesystem.
              The default is based on the current umask.

              sets  the  directory mask. This determines the per­
              missions that remote directories have in the  local
              filesystem.   The  default  is based on the current

              sets the debug level. This is useful  for  tracking
              down  SMB connection problems. A suggested value to
              start with is 4. If set too high there  will  be  a
              lot of output, possibly hiding the useful output.

              sets the destination host or IP address.

              sets the workgroup on the destination

              sets the TCP socket options. See the smb.conf
               socket options option.

              sets the NetBIOS scope

       guest  don't prompt for a password

       ro     mount read-only

       rw     mount read-write

              sets  the  charset used by the Linux side for code­
              better performance on large directories, especially
              over  long  distances.  Default is 1000ms but some­
              thing like 10000ms (10 seconds)  is  probably  more
              reasonable in many cases.  (Note: only kernel 2.4.2
              or later)


       The variable USER may contain the username of  the  person
       using  the  client.  This  information is used only if the
       protocol level is high  enough  to  support  session-level
       passwords.  The  variable can be used to set both username
       and password by using the format username%password.

       The variable PASSWD may contain the password of the person
       using  the  client.  This  information is used only if the
       protocol level is high  enough  to  support  session-level

       The  variable  PASSWD_FILE  may  contain the pathname of a
       file to read the password from. A single line of input  is
       read and used as the password.


       Passwords  and  other options containing , can not be han­
       dled.  For passwords an alternative way of passing them is
       in a credentials file or in the PASSWD environment.

       The  credentials  file  does not handle usernames or pass­
       words with leading space.

       One smbfs bug is important enough to mention here, even if
       it is a bit misplaced:

       · Mounts sometimes stop working. This is usually caused by
         smbmount terminating.  Since  smbfs  needs  smbmount  to
         reconnect  when  the  server disconnects, the mount will
         eventually go dead. An umount/mount normally fixes this.
         At least 2 ways to trigger this bug are known.

       Note  that the typical response to a bug report is sugges­
       tion to try the latest version first. So please try  doing
       that  first,  and always include which versions you use of
       relevant software when  reporting  bugs  (minimum:  samba,
       kernel, distribution)


       Documentation/filesystems/smbfs.txt  in  the  linux kernel
       source tree may contain additional  options  and  informa­

       FreeBSD  also  has  a smbfs, but it is not related to smb­
       to ask questions regarding these programs.

       The conversion of this manpage for Samba 2.2 was performed
       by Gerald Carter

                         19 November 2002             SMBMOUNT(8)



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