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SMBMOUNT(8)									      SMBMOUNT(8)

       smbmount - mount an smbfs filesystem

       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 pos-
       sible 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.smbmount. 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/workgroup%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  vari-
	      able  PASSWD  is used. If it can find no password smbmount will prompt for a passe-
	      word, 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. However, the same
	      password defined in the PASSWD environment 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

			username = <value>
			password = <value>

	      This is preferred over having passwords in plaintext in  a  shared  file,  such  as
	      /etc/fstab. Be sure to protect any credentials file properly.

	      sets the source NetBIOS name. It defaults to the local hostname.

	      sets  the  uid that will own all files on the mounted filesystem.  It may be speci-
	      fied as either a username or a numeric uid.

	      sets the gid that will own all files on the mounted filesystem.  It may  be  speci-
	      fied as either a groupname or a numeric gid.

	      sets the remote SMB port number. The default is 139.

	      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 permissions	that  remote  directories
	      have in the local filesystem.  The default is based on the current umask.

	      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 codepage to charset translations (NLS).
	      Argument should be the name of a charset, like iso8859-1. (Note: only kernel  2.4.0
	      or later)

	      sets  the  codepage the server uses. See the iocharset option. Example value cp850.
	      (Note: only kernel 2.4.0 or later)

	      how long a directory listing is cached in milliseconds (also affects visibility  of
	      file  size  and date changes). A higher value means that changes on the server take
	      longer to be noticed but it can give better performance on large directories, espe-
	      cially  over  long distances. Default is 1000ms but something like 10000ms (10 sec-
	      onds) is probably more reasonable in many  cases.   (Note:  only	kernel	2.4.2  or

       The  variable  USER may contain the username of the person using the client. This informa-
       tion 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 user-

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

       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 handled.  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 passwords with leading space.

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

       o 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

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

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

       FreeBSD also has a smbfs, but it is not related to smbmount

       For Solaris, HP-UX and others you may want to look at smbsh(1) or at other solutions, such
       as sharity or perhaps replacing the SMB server with a NFS server.

       Volker Lendecke, Andrew Tridgell, Michael H. Warfield and others.

       The current maintainer of smbfs and the userspace tools smbmount, smbumount, and smbmnt is
       Urban	Widmark    <>.	   The	  SAMBA    Mailing   list
       <> is the preferred place to ask questions regarding these  pro-

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

					 19 November 2002			      SMBMOUNT(8)
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