/etc/fstab + embedded spaces

Jerry gesbbb at yahoo.com
Tue Nov 3 18:00:08 UTC 2009

On Tue, 03 Nov 2009 12:13:24 -0500
Michael Powell <nightrecon at hotmail.com> replied:

>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.

Thanks for the suggestion. Unfortunately, it doesn't work either.

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