[Samba] samba4 installation Error and mount: unknown filesystem type 'smbfs'

Chris Weiss cweiss at gmail.com
Wed Sep 5 13:01:49 MDT 2012

On Wed, Sep 5, 2012 at 1:37 PM, JIA Pei <jp4work at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi, all:
> Two questions.
> Environment: Ubuntu 12.04
> 1)  mount: unknown filesystem type 'smbfs'
> With default Samba 2:3.6.3-2ubuntu2.3 installed, all the following 3
> commands failed:
> a)
> $ sudo mount -t *smbfs* -o username=MYNAME,password=MYPWD
> //mybooklive/myfolder /media/smb/
> mount: unknown filesystem type 'smbfs'
> b)
> /media$ sudo mount -t *cifs* -o
> username=MYNAME,password=MYPWD //mybooklive/myfolder/ /media/smb/
> mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on //mybooklive/myfolder/,
>        missing codepage or helper program, or other error
>        (for several filesystems (e.g. nfs, cifs) you might
>        need a /sbin/mount.<type> helper program)
>        In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
>        dmesg | tail  or so

did you install the smbfs package to provide the user space filesystem
utils for cifs?  This is not default on a ubutnu desktop since you can
do smbfs:// in the file browser

samba, smbfs, and smbclient are all independent software packages, any
one of the 3 will work without the others.  They do all 3 depend on
samba-common, which holds the common parts.

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