auto-mount cifs partition via samba

John Hubbard ender8282 at
Mon Mar 23 15:02:11 UTC 2009

Derek Broughton wrote:
> Noah wrote:
>> Hi there,
>> I have a cifs partition that is exported via samba from another server.
>>   From time to time I need to reboot that server.
>> I have to manually remount the cifs partition on my ubuntu server.  is
>> there something that can automount the cifs partition when the server
>> comes back after reboot?
> Cron?  I suppose a Windows machine must broadcast _something_ when it comes
> up, and it could be caught, but even Windows machines don't automount
> shares when a server comes online.  (However, I just have to click on
> them).
If the cifs mount is listed in /etc/fstab and set to mount on boot, then 
whenever the client reboots it will try to mount. It might delay the 
boot for a while if the server is not available. The other option would 
be to use autofs (apt-get autofs). Auto-fs waits until you try to read 
the remote mount to mount it. If you have a fast network it is pretty 
quick. My home directory is automounted on the other machines at work 
and I can ssh in pretty quickly. Let me know if you have questions about 
autofs and I can give you better advice.


To be or not to be, that is the question
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(0b10)*(0b1100010) || !(0b10)*(0b1100010)
        0b11000100 || !0b11000100
        0b11000100 || 0b00111011
        255, that is the answer.

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