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Mounting a samba share in debian gnu/linux


Samba allows a computer running GNU/Linux to connect with and share files with a computer over a Microsoft Windows based network.

To mount a drive or folder that is shared over Samba or over a Windows based network as a drive on your computer there are three steps:

The first step is to install cifs-utils, which is a protocol provides support for cross-platform file sharing with Microsoft Windows, OS X, and other Unix systems.

As root, use:

# apt-get install cifs-utils

Next is to create a mount point where the shared folder will be mounted. This can be any folder. To make a new folder, as root, use the following with a folder name of your choice:

# mkdir /netfiles/music

The final step is to mount the shared drive using the mount command. The type of file system to be mounted will be specified as cifs, to use the cifs-utils protocol.

The standard form for the mount command is:

# mount -t type device directory

For example, lets say there is music shared over a local home network. If the folder is shared with the name music from a computer which has an IP address of 192.168.X.XX, this will be the information of the device, namely the item to mount. The directory is the mount point that has been created on the GNU/Linux computer. As an extra option you can put in your username that is needed to connect.

The command used to mount will be:

# mount -t cifs //192.168.X.XXX/music //netfiles/music -o username=XXX

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