Cannot mount smbfs share without requiring manual password

Ray ray at
Mon May 4 15:59:18 UTC 2009

On May 4, 2009 09:31:09 am Ryan van Eerdewijk wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a strange issue. If I type:
> mount_smbfs //theuser at theserver/myshare$ /mnt/here
> ... I will be prompted for theuser's password, I type it, and the share
> will mount fine. But I want this share to mount automatically at bootup. I
> haven't been able to get it to work through /etc/fstab or through an sh
> script. In fact typing:
> mount_smbfs -N //theuser at theserver/myshare$ /mnt/here
> gives me the following error:
> mount_smbfs: unable to open connection: syserr = Authentication error
> I have the following in my /etc/nsmb.conf file:
> [theserver]
> workgroup=MYWORKGROUP
> addr=
> [theserver:theuser]
> password=$$1571crypto'dpassword
> I get the feeling that when mounting the smbfs share, it isn't even
> checking the nsmb.conf file. I've also tried a plain text password, and
> also including the same information in a /root/.nsmbrc file.
> I'm running out of ideas. Any help is appreciated.
> Thanks
> Ryan V.
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Hi Ryan,
What  You have is very similar to what I use, except I don't use the -N Flag 
on mount_smbfs. 

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