[Samba] autofs and samba
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Wed Oct 5 19:40:03 UTC 2016
David Bear via samba schreef op 04-10-2016 19:15:
> Was trying to use autofs on ubuntu and mounting a samba shared failed.
> Then, i came across a note that 'unless you need to authenticate to
> -- wish I could find the exact quote now. The point is autofs fails to
> mount a windows server share. I can mount the share using mount.cifs
> but it
> fails with autofs. So I just thought I would check to see if anyone has
> pointers on using autofs on ubuntu 16 .
I have all the information you need. Particularly because it took me
days to get it working, and because I have been talking, you could say,
to the autofs developer ever since (on the kernel mailing list) (for
Let me know what you need to do.
The first thing to know is that the auto.smb script is not very useful.
The second thing to know is that autofs cannot actually enumerate the
shares of a server in the default configuration (by using a regular map
The third thing to know is that when you are using a regular map file,
you will need to map each share separately if you want the directories
to be visible. If you use the supplied auto.smb then your shares /won't
be visible until you cd into them/.
The regular auto.smb and its example needs a precreated directory for
the server but will not create the submount points for the shares until
you use them, ie. until you cd into them.
I am saying conflicting things.
- the auto.smb file does enumerate the shares but does not precreate
mount-points for them (this created trouble on very large systems where
many commands could create "mount storms" where all shares would be
mounted all at once).
- a direct map where you directly mount the share onto the mount point
you have provided can hence not enumerate, you need to specify the very
mount you use.
What you end up with is something like this:
This map file (static map file) will use the credentials from
/etc/creds/server and mount these 3 shares (for example) under the mount
point you specify in auto.master.
/cifs automount.server browse
The browse option (in auto.master) will cause the mount point for the
shares to be precreated.
Otherwise you would only see them if you cd into them.
Like hidden doors.
I hope this is enough information. Maybe I misunderstood your request
but I think this is all the information you need to get it working.
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