SMB share not mounting at startup

Manolis Kiagias sonicy at
Wed May 7 17:51:13 UTC 2008

Stephen Allen wrote:
> I am trying to mount an SMB share at startup.  I have configured (as 
> root) .nsmbrc so I don't have to type a password.  When I run "mount 
> -a", it mounts beautifully.
> However, when restarting the server, it will not mount automatically. 
> According to rc.conf(5), smbfs is part of 'netfs_types' so rc should 
> wait until after the network is started before trying to mount it (so 
> shouldn't fail).  I have an entry in /etc/fstab as follows:
> //backup at snap-cms/unix_backups  /mnt/snapserver  smbfs  rw  0 0
> Does anyone have any ideas?  I'm wondering if the .nsmbrc file can't 
> be read because rc isn't running as root - and if so, where can I put 
> .nsmbrc?
> Many thanks,
> Steve :)
Have a look at /etc/nsmb.conf
This is where smbfs looks after trying ~/.nsmbrc
Don't know if this is really your problem, but it is worth a try.

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