[Samba] Samba and OSX
phil at netroedge.com
Thu Jan 2 17:57:00 GMT 2003
Command-K in the 'finder' (aka the desktop) or Go->Connect to Server
menu and then smb://servername will let you browse and connect. Or, for
unix-terminal freaks, you can use mount_smbfs (there is a man page for
it for usage details). Mounted shares will show up as an icon on the
desktop as well as in /Volumes/sharename. Oh, btw, you need encrypted
password support on the server for the keychain to remember your
passwords (this is a similar issue to WinXP's ability to not remember
Use the help menu to dig up some info on how to connect if you need more
help. Also, Apple's web site has a support area with some related
OS-X still has some serious problems for network users, though. For
example, when connected to a SMB server, most non-ascii chars in
file/folder names get mapped to '_'. Yuck! Worst still, some chars do
not (like the cursive latin f [option-f]) which get written to the
server correctly but confuses OS-X when the directory contents are read
back... OS-X then invalidates the entire directory list causing all the
files and directories to disappear. Experiment and know these issues
before you deploy!
Apple still has some work to do... :'(
Jim Morris wrote:
>On Wed, 2003-01-01 at 16:21, Jim LaSalle wrote:
>>How do I map OSX to Samba file shares? I'm not new to Samba but OSX is a
>> puzzle. I can get the Mac OSX to see the Samba server but not the
>>shares. Maybe I'm so hung up on the Windows "net use D: \\server\share"
>>syntax I can see the forest for the trees.
>Use the Go->Servers option, or something like that - I don't have my
>iBook in front of me at the moment. When you do that, type the server
>name, and connect to the server. To see the full list of shares, you may
>need to click the 'Authenticate' button, and give a valid
>username/password pair for the Samba server. Once you do this, the full
>list of shares should be viewable via a drop down list. Once you pick
>one of the shares and then click the 'Connect' button, it will be
>mounted as a volume on your desktop.
>Alternatively, you can use command line tools such as smbclient, and I
>am sure that the 'mount' command has syntax for mounting an SMB share
>into the /Volumes directory hierarchy on OS X.
>I hope that helps..... like I said, I am running off memory here, but I
>have mounted my Samba server shares many times on my iBook, using
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