How do you automatically mount a Samba share?

Shawn Milo ShawnMilo at
Thu Sep 23 14:30:24 UTC 2004

> On Thu, 2004-09-23 at 09:51 -0400, Shawn Milo wrote:
> > Okay, but what about my question? Normal users should be able to mount network
> > shares to directories under their home directory. Do you have a plan to add
> > this feature? Something comparable to "Mount Network Share" in Xanrdos File
> > Manager or "Map Network Drive" in Microsoft Windows Explorer.
> > 
> > This is a basic feature, without which a desktop operating system is unusable
> > in many home and most business environments. Even for those who do not have
> > file servers may need to mount a share from a friend every now and then.
> Let's make sure we have the use case right: It's not "mounting" that the
> user wants to do, it's "getting access to my Samba or Windows server".
> Do you agree? My Mum doesn't know what mounting means, but she uses a
> Samba server all the time. :-)
> In GNOME, this is achieved with the gnome-vfs filesystem access layer,
> and does not require root privileges (mounting a filesystem does, even
> if it's done via sudo or suid binaries).
> gnome-vfs support for is in development, and I have the
> impression that it will be available in time for our next release, which
> means that access to CIFS servers will be totally transparent to the
> user. Hooray! :-)
> - Jeff
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I have to play with this at home. But does this "gnome-vfs" you're talking
about allow you to "map" (for want of a better term) one or more shares,
then remember them so that the user does not have to do this every
time they log on?

Thank you,

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