/etc/fstab + embedded spaces

carmel_ny carmel_ny at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 3 11:57:15 UTC 2009

I was attempting to create this entry in the /etc/fstab file. It is to
a WinXP machine.

//user at bios/My Documents /laptop smbfs rw,noauto  0  0

It fails because 'fstab' does not allow embedded spaces in device
names, not does it allow enclosing the name in quotes.

I did some Googling and discovered that I am not the only one annoyed
by this behavior. I discovered this patch that had been submitted awhile


Changing the share name is not really an option. Is there some way of
making this work in 'fstab'? I can use the name including spaces in
'mount_smbfs' so that is how I am currently mounting the share. It just
seems strange that 'fstab' by not accepting the use of quoting is not in
step with how FreeBSD usually operates.


carmel_ny at hotmail.com


It is much easier to suggest solutions
when you know nothing about the problem.

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