cifs mount not working after 9.10 upgrade

Tom H tomh0665 at
Sun Nov 1 15:08:16 UTC 2009

Joep L. Blom wrote:
> Chris Jones wrote:
>>> As you guessed, I use it under X and the directories are mounted using
>>> the standard tools from samba which are now incorporated in a.o.
>>> nautilus.
>>> But just out of interest I tried to mount from the commandline and
>>> found
>>> that mount.cifs has disappeared. I assume the developers in their
>>> infallible wisdom developed some other script (or changed the name)
>>> but
>>> forgot to mention it. It would be nice if somewhere a notice had
>>> appeared that mount.cifs was depreciated just as the good old
>>> mount.smb
>>> has been depreciated and replaced by mount.cifs (and also
>>> mount.smbfs).
>>> I have a running Hardy and there mount.cifs and mount.smbfs are still
>>> available. What happened with it in Karmic I don't know. I have the
>>> impression that canonical is more and more trying to hide the real
>>> processes from the user and urges him to use the graphical layer only.
>>> It makes it more equal to commercial OSes like M$ OS and Apple
>>> (which is
>>>  Unix based on I think BSD hidden under the apple look) but it makes
>>> life for normal(?) (more technical) users harder.
>>> Just my 0.02 €.
>> mount.cifs is still there in karmic. You just don't have it
>> installed....
>>  sudo apt-get install smbclient
>> I think ...

> No, not in my Karmic. Do you have upgraded to the offical version,
> released last Saturday?
> My smbclient installs:
> ../findsmb;../smbclient;../smbget;../smbtar:../smbspool;../smbtree;../smbcalcs;../smbcquotas;../rpcclient;
> (..=/usr/bin/) but no cif or smbfs.
> If I go to synaptic and search for mount.cifs I only get libpammount
> which does something for automatically mounting and unmounting on
> file-servers related to the security of the connection..
> I am curious what has happened as in the graphical environment mounting
> of e.g. windows-shares gives no problem.

smbfs has /sbin/mount.cifs, /sbin/mount.smbfs, /usr/bin/smbmount (the
latter is a symlink to the second)

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