[Samba] Trouble with mount.cifs while smbclient works (Ubuntu 12.04)

Scott_Purcell at Dell.com Scott_Purcell at Dell.com
Wed May 16 14:52:15 MDT 2012

I just upgraded from Ubuntu 11.04 to 12.04 and am working to restore access to the windows shares I use at work.

smbclient connects immediately:

     sudo smbclient //server/share -A /etc/.smb_creds.txt

mount.cifs fails (with "mount error(13): Permission denied"):

     sudo mount.cifs //server/share /mnt/ -o credentials=/etc/.smb_creds.txt

my credentials file is as follows (with the proper values, of course):




I remember on a previous occasion having resolved a problem by including a mount option "noserverino". I've tried that to no effect. I've also tried "sec=ntlmv2"

The syslog contains this message in response to each failed attempt:

     CIFS VFS: cifs_mount failed w/return code = -13

Whatever this glitch is, it seems pervasive.  smbclient is the ONLY way I've been able to successfully connect to my shares so far. Failed methods attempted include:

* mounting with "mount -t cifs ..."

* mounting with "mount -t smbfs ..."

* mounting directly with "mount.cifs ..."

* configuring smbnetfs (supposed to make the windows network browsable from a  single mountpoint -- I could see the servers and shares, but not directories on the shares)

* configuring fusesmb

* Nautilus' "Connect to Server" functionality

* Nautilus' "smb:///..." browsing

It seems like smbclient is handling authentication in one way (working) and everything else is doing it in some different way.

I'm baffled and appreciative of any suggestions you can provide. Thanks in advance.

Scott Purcell

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