/etc/fstab + embedded spaces

Michael Powell nightrecon at hotmail.com
Tue Nov 3 17:12:55 UTC 2009

carmel_ny wrote:

> 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
> ago.
> http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-bugs/2007-October/026469.html
> 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.

Don't know if this works for fstab, but the normal way to escape spaces is 
with a \, like this:

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

May not work in fstab but you can try it and see.


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