Mounting samba shares

MCCALL,DON (HP-USA,ex1) don_mccall at
Mon Feb 5 23:52:28 GMT 2001

Hi Chris,
In fact, smbmount DOES require the executor of that command to be the root
user.  There is a check in the code to ensure this.
This is similar to the nfs mount requirement that nfs mounts be made by
root.  The subsequent access to the files and directories under that mount
are then governed by the permissions on those files and directories.
hope this helps,

-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Jensen [mailto:cjensen at]
Sent: Monday, February 05, 2001 17:59
To: samba at
Subject: Mounting samba shares

I'm trying to mount samba shares onto the file system, but at the moment
i only seem to be able to mount them as root. I've tried changing the
permissions on the mount point and even mounting it on a subdir of my
home directory but mount just keeps telling me that only root can do
this. I've put an entry for the mount in /etc/fstab with the user
option, what have i missed?
I'm using samba 2.0.7 on RedHat 7, help would be much appreciated.

Chris Jensen cjensen at 

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