How do you automatically mount a Samba share?

Shawn Milo ShawnMilo at
Thu Sep 23 12:34:03 UTC 2004

> On Wed, 2004-09-22 at 15:05 -0400, Shawn Milo wrote:
> > > > I know how to do it from the command line, but I want the shares to
> > > > automatically mount to directories under my home directory every time
> > > > I log on. Also, I want to be prompted for the password, unless it is the
> > > > same password I am using to log on to Ubuntu.
> > > > 
> > > > Do not tell me to add the lines to fstab -- it is bad practice to hard-code
> > > > passwords like that. What is the "proper" way to do this in Ubuntu? The
> > > > way a "desktop user" should be able to do it, without having to resort
> > > > to the command line?
> > > 
> > > I think linneighbhood will do the trick. apt-get it!
> > > 
> > > -fabio
> > > 
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> > >
> > > 
> > > 
> > 
> > 
> > Yes, it will do that.  I've used that in the past.  But I would still have
> > to launch LinNeighborhood every time I log in.  No good.  Is there
> > no automatic way in Gnome or Ubuntu to do this?  
> > 
> > Shawn
> > 
> You said you can do it from the command line. so just create a script
> which do the trick and add it in "Startup Programs" at gnome-session-
> manager. If you don't know how to make a script, you just need to create
> a text file with each command you need to type in a different line and
> put #!/bin/bash in the 1st line. Mark this file as executable (either in
> nautilus or by chmod +x filename.
> -Fabio
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This still does not satisfy the condition of not putting the password(s)
into a text file. The password should come from the the one I used to
log on to Ubuntu, and failing that, I should be prompted.

I know I can write a script to run the smbmount commands at log on, and
to unmount at log off, but there should be a better way to do this. Think
"ordinary desktop users." My wife, your mother, the friend who is new to
computers. You can't tell them to write a bash script. It would take longer
for them to get the smbmount syntax right than a fresh installation of 
Windows, and they may never go back.

Do the Ubuntu developers watch this list? If not, where can I contact them
to make this suggestion formally?

I am not trying to be deliberately dense. I've written scripts to start at log-on,
and I've used LinNeighborhood. I've done these things in Slackware, because
that is a non-user-friendly environment, and I knew that going in. I wouldn't 
suggest Slackware to a non-geek. But these methods are just not good enough
for the ordinary desktop computer user. If Ubuntu does not handle this in a
simple way, it should.

Jeff: Is this what you were referring to when you wrote this in response to
an earlier post?

On Wed, 2004-09-22 at 12:12 +0200, Karsten Fischer wrote:
> Beware: The share is only visible through nautilus. Thus, if you try to
> save a document from OpenOffice you can't save it directly to the
> share.
> Which is, by the way, somewhat annoying.

This will most likely be dealt with in HoaryHedgehog.

- Jeff

Ooh, ooh, ooh! Ubuntu!



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