file permissions and smbmount

Brian Servis servis at
Thu Nov 18 00:30:49 GMT 1999

*- On 18 Nov, Mader, Cary J wrote about "RE: file permissions and smbmount"
> I don't want to sound stupid, but I probably will anyways, so....
> what fmask and dmask options?  Where/how are they used, i.e. 
> what is the syntax?
> Also, what is the syntax now for setting user and group id's?
> And...where is this stuff documented...I've never seen it in the 
> man pages or other documentation.

% mount.smbfs 
Usage: mount.smbfs service mountpoint [-o options,...]
Version 2.0.6

      username=<arg>                  SMB username
      password=<arg>                  SMB password
      netbiosname=<arg>               source NetBIOS name
      uid=<arg>                       mount uid or username
      gid=<arg>                       mount gid or groupname
      port=<arg>                      remote SMB port number
      fmask=<arg>                     file umask
      dmask=<arg>                     directory umask
      debug=<arg>                     debug level
      ip=<arg>                        destination host or IP address
      workgroup=<arg>                 workgroup on destination
      sockopt=<arg>                   TCP socket options
      scope=<arg>                     NetBIOS scope
      guest                           don't prompt for a password
      ro                              mount read-only
      rw                              mount read-write

This command is designed to be run from within /bin/mount by giving
the option '-t smbfs'. For example:
  mount -t smbfs -o username=tridge,password=foobar //fjall/test /data/test

> *- On 18 Nov, Mader, Cary J wrote about "file permissions and smbmount"
>> I'm using Samba 2.0.6 on a Linux server.  
>> When using smbmount or mount to mount a share from an NT server, how do I
>> set file permissions.  An older smbmount allowed a -d and -f switch to set
>> the file permissions.  The newest one does not support these.  The man
> pages
>> for smbmount and smbmnt mention using syntax that does not work.  
>> I finally have gotten the mount command to work, but now I can't write to
>> the share because of permissions.
> Can you give some examples of your command line and the resulting file
> and directory permissions?  I have not had any trouble using the new
> fmask and dmask options.  Although I think they are really being used
> as modes and not masks.  I.e. for rwxr--r-- permissions on the files you
> would use fmask=744.
> Brian Servis

Brian Servis
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