[Samba] cifs verses smbfs for Linux clients

Helmut Hullen Hullen at t-online.de
Tue Feb 19 08:25:00 GMT 2008

Hallo, Volker,

Du (Volker.Lendecke) meintest am 19.02.08:

>> I get the impression that smbfs is samba.org developed code where as
>> cifs is from elsewhere. Thus the point of confusion. Why is
>> samba.org not developing the preferred code in this case?

> The problem is -- where would you host smbmount if we
> removed it from the samba release?

There may be another problem: "mount.smbfs" works on my machine(s),  
"mount.cifs" doesn't.
Maybe it depends on the OS on the other machine - Windows 9x may not  
accept cifs. And I have some Windows 9x machines.

But I see similar error messages when I try to mount shares from a Linux  
machine (smbfs works, cifs doesn't work).

Samba 3.0.28.
(working as root, the share lies on a Windows 98 machine)

   mount.cifs //DFUE/COMM /mnt/DFUE --verbose -o user=me%mypass

parsing options: user=me%mypass

mount.cifs kernel mount options unc=//DFUE\COMM,ip=,pass=mypass,ver=1,user=me,,,,,,,
mount error 2 = No such file or directory
Refer to the mount.cifs(8) manual page (e.g.man mount.cifs)

   mount.smbfs //DFUE/COMM /mnt/DFUE

asks for the password (as "mount.cifs" does in this short form) and then  
mounts the share.

The share exists, the mount point exists (otherwise "smbfs" wouldn't  

Running "strace" shows that "mount.cifs" stops after reading the command  
line with "No such file or directory".

Viele Gruesse!

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