How to directly access files on windows network

Derek Broughton news at
Thu Mar 9 14:05:09 UTC 2006

Shu Hung (Koala) wrote:

> On 3/9/06, kauer at ethz <kauer at> wrote:
>> The "Properties" for the file say it is "smb://host/file", but vi rather
>> predictably can't handle that :-)
> I think you are using Gnome to mount the Windows Network.
> Actually, "smb://host/file" is not valid for the entire linux system.
> The path is only valid for Gnome and Gnome based programs.

Well, not quite.  That uri format is used by Gnome (VFS?) and KDE (kio), and
I wouldn't be surprised if there were others.  But, in any case, you need
to use programs that support such an access method.
> In other word, you cannot "vi" that remote file directly.

You can.  In fact, you said:
> To directly edit a remote file, you need to use smbmount
> directly.

Exactly.  You can mount samba shares in /etc/fstab, or with mount
(type=smbfs), and that will use smbmount under the hood.  I'm not sure
whether you can mount them with pmount, but I would expect so.

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