Preventing Bad SMB Mount From Stalling A Boot

Tim Daneliuk tundra at
Tue Apr 6 18:50:24 UTC 2010

On 4/6/2010 1:36 PM, Dan Naumov wrote:
>> I mount my SMB shares from /etc/fstab on a FBSD 8.x production machine like
>> this:
>> //USER at WINSERVER/SHARE   /mountpoint    smbfs   rw          0       0
>> The problem is that after an outage, "WINSERVER" doesn't come up
>> before the FBSD machine. So, the FBSD machine tries to boot and then
>> hangs permanently because it cannot get the SMB share points mounted.
>> This recently happened after a catastrophic power outage that cooked
>> the share info on "WINSERVER". Even after it came up, it was no longer
>> serving the proper shares and the FBSD machine could never find the
>> SMB shares and thus hung permanently.
>> The SMB mounts are not essential for systems operations. Is there a
>> way to tell the FBSD to try and mount SMB, but keep going and complete
>> the boot if it cannot?
> A bit of an ugly hack, but have you considered attempting to mount the
> share via an automatic script after the system has finished booting?
> - Sincerely,
> Dan Naumov

Actually that is what I was doing via a script in /usr/local/etc/rc.d
before I switched over to the /etc/fstab scheme.

I may have to fall back to the rc.d approach.  It seems odd to me that there's
"best effort to mount" semantic option for fstab entries...

Tim Daneliuk     tundra at
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