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

       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.smbmount. The smbmount process may also be called mount.smbfs.

       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 speci-
              fied 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

              Note that password which contain the arguement delimiter charac-
              ter (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 is:

                        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 specified as either a username or a numeric uid.

              sets  the gid that will own all files on the mounted filesystem.
              It may be specified 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  con-
              nection  problems.  A suggested value to start with is 4. If set
              too high there will be a lot of output, possibly hiding the use-
              ful 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 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 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 pass-
       words 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 lead-
       ing space.

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

       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 nor-
         mally fixes this. At least 2 ways to trigger this bug are known.

       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 relevant 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, smbu-
       mount,  and smbmnt is Urban Widmark <>.
       The SAMBA Mailing list <>  is  the  preferred
       place to ask questions regarding these programs.

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

                               19 November 2002                    SMBMOUNT(8)