[Samba] How do users access shares?

Robert Marcano robert at marcanoonline.com
Tue Nov 9 01:09:00 UTC 2021

I forgot to add that if you only want one simple mount, to a fixed
directory but restricted, so not everyone could read or write to it, you
can still indicate which user, group, file mode bits, etc, the mounted file
appear so you can control who can access them.

The options from mount.cifs works for the mount command directly or to be
set on fstab.

On Mon, Nov 8, 2021, 9:02 PM Robert Marcano <robert at marcanoonline.com>

> On Mon, Nov 8, 2021, 7:02 PM Rob Campbell <robcampbell08105 at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Thanks Robert.  I have tried that but it requires root or sudo.  OR chmod
>> u+s /bin/mount /bin/umount /usr/sbin/mount.cifs.  But then it requires I
>> put it in /etc/fstab.  If I do that, it will mount for all users, right?
>> That's not what I want.
> If you want users to be able to mount a share, specially if you want the
> target directory to be private to each user, you probably will need to
> check how desktop environments do it for their file managers. I can only
> talk about GNOME that it is what I use every day.
> When you use a file manager like GNOME Files (Nautilus) to access a smb
> share with a the smb URL scheme (smb://hostname/share), it mounts a FUSE
> filesystem (file system in userspace) that access the share via a process
> that uses Samba client libraries.
> Maybe you could use gnome-mount or the newer "gio mount", or you can use
> desktop agnostic FUSE filesystems like smbnetfs or fusesmb.
>> ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
>> In all things, Be Intentional.
>> On Mon, Nov 8, 2021 at 3:08 PM Robert Marcano via samba <
>> samba at lists.samba.org> wrote:
>>> On 11/8/21 11:40 AM, Rob Campbell via samba wrote:
>>> > I am able to smbclient //host/share -U redhat -c 'ls' and view the
>>> files
>>> > but how do I mount that [as a user]?  All links I find say I need to
>>> put it
>>> > in /etc/fstab.  If I do that, won't everyone have access?  I don't want
>>> > that.  You know how you would 'net use' to map in Windows, is this not
>>> > possible in Linux?
>>> >
>>> Whe you mount a share on Linux, you are using another client that is
>>> part of the kernel, not smbclient that is a user space implementation.
>>> Try
>>> mount -t cifs -o username=redhat //host/share /mnt/target_dir
>>> You will need to have installed the mount.cifs utility. Read the manual
>>> page of that command if you want to automate more parameters like the
>>> password.
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