Mount SMB share on bootup

Chirhart, Brian bchirhart at
Wed Nov 12 13:38:11 PST 2003

Ed - that worked great... Thanks!!

I am not sure what I did, but it worked.  

What language is that script in?  It isn't perl - is it C?

-----Original Message-----
From: Edward Epstein [mailto:peepstein at]
Sent: Monday, November 10, 2003 5:43 PM
To: Chirhart, Brian; freebsd-questions at
Subject: Re: Mount SMB share on bootup

Lines prefixed with ">" are what Chirhart, Brian wrote.

>>> point is password protected (on the XP side) so I am prompted for a
>>> password.  How can I automate that?  Or should I create the share
>>> password?  I am not too worried about internal security so the share
>>> have no password and that would be fine.
>>Create a script called, chmod +x 755 and put that
>>script in a /usr/local/etc/rc.d.
>>Put the following lines in that script
>>smbmount username=user password=pass and the rest of the parametars that
>>are normaly using when mounting smb partition.
>>Mind that if your startup script for samba is your mounting
>>must start with a letter after the letter s otherwise you would mounting a
>>samba share without smb daemon started.
>When I try the smbmount I get a "command not Found"
>I checked the man pages on mount and found mount_smbfs, but I can not find
>any options that would allow me to specify a username and password.
>I am not using Samba (at least I didn't load it... may be there by
>default???) - To map the drive I have a line in my /etc/fstab file that
># Device			#Mountpoint	FSType	OPtion
>//user at server/share	/ftproot	smbfs	rw.nosuto	0	0
>Once the server boots, I type "mount /ftproot" and then it asks me for the
>password for User.  After the password is entered, /ftproot contains the
>contents of the share on my XP system.  It was one of the things that I
>in love with about BSD - the ability to "see" XP shares with no special
>So anyway - I think there are several different approaches to this.  Can I
>modify my fstab file so that "auto" would work by somehow specifing a
>password?  Or is there a password option that I am missing in the mount or
>mount_smbfs commands?  OR...  is there a reason I don't have the smbmount

You are on the right track; it took me a while to figure this one out too. 

You've got your /etc/fstab file set up correctly. This is how the line for
looks, it's just like yours.

//EDWARD at CHAOS/SHARE	/mnt/chaos	smbfs	rw,noauto	0	0

To specify your username and password for the mount, you should create
/etc/nsmb.conf  the syntax for this file is shown in 

Here is an example from my machine:



Finally, to mount on bootup, create a file in /usr/local/etc/rc.d with the 
following contents (or something similar; you probably didn't name your

-edward at interface$ more /usr/local/etc/rc.d/
#! /bin/sh

case "$1" in

                echo "  Mounting CHAOS..."
                mount /mnt/CHAOS &>2

                echo "  Unmounting CHAOS..."
                umount /mnt/CHAOS &>2


Also, I make sure my /etc/nsmb.conf file is owned by root and chmod'ed 600 
because it contains a password in plaintext.

Don't forget to make sure that your file in /usr/local/etc/rc.d is chmodded
least 700 so that it's executable by, at the very least, the owner (should

I hope this is clear enough to make some sense to you.


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