[Samba] Mounting smbfs as guest at boot time

Sue Spence suespence99 at yahoo.co.uk
Thu Feb 28 05:39:03 GMT 2002

Thanks for your response.

That isn't the case here (on SuSE linux boot.local
happens just before all the /etc/rcX.d/ stuff), but I
believe it's a red herring anyway.

If I attempt to mount the share as 'guest' during boot
(either in boot.local or later during
/etc/rc2.d/S11smbfs), it will always fail. Performing
the exact same operation after login  always succeeds.

If I attempt to do the mount the share using a valid
username/password on the win2k server during the boot
process, it will always succeed.  

As I mentioned in my original message, I'd like it to
work as guest. We only want the shares mounted
read-only, and we don't administer the win2k box, and
putting passwords for the win2k system in my fstab or
anywhere else seems like a really bad idea.  I
understand that there is some sort of credential thing
we could set up, but that is far more admin work than
we wanted to get into for a read-only filesystem. Why
doesn't guest work at boot up, but work any other
time?  Is there a good reason why it doesn't work? 

 --- Joel Hammer <Joel at HammersHome.com> wrote: 
> I think that rc.local is the last thing to run
> during the boot process.
> The only environmental catch I know about during
> startup is the PATH
> statement, which is not available during boot. So,
> you have to specify
> the complete path names to all your files and
> programs.
> Joel
> On Thu, Feb 28, 2002 at 12:11:20PM +0000, Sue Spence
> wrote:
> >  --- Joel Hammer <Joel at HammersHome.com> wrote: >
> Have
> > you tried putting your mount command in
> > > rc.local?
> > 
> > 
> > Yes. Isn't that actually earlier in the boot
> process
> > than putting something like "mount -at smbfs" in
> the
> > "start" section in /etc/init.d/smbfs (which is
> then
> > executed when going to runlevel 2 because it is
> linked
> > as S11smbfs in /etc/init.d/rc2.d)?
> > 
> > There must be some minor but crucial environment
> > difference between being anywhere in the boot
> process
> > and being logged in which causes mounts as guest
> to
> > fail. I would love to find out how to fix it, if
> > possible.
> > 
> > Best regards,
> > Sue Spence
> > 
> > 

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