Unable to mount with mount_smbfs while smbclient works fine

Polytropon freebsd at edvax.de
Wed Jul 20 12:24:33 UTC 2016

On Wed, 20 Jul 2016 11:51:13 +0000, twilight wrote:
> I'm trying to mount a samba share (actually a D-link sharecenter) in my
> local network to my freebsd machine. But for some reason mount_smbfs
> does nothing, exiting with status 1. Dmesg is empty on errors releated
> to mount. PF firewall lets out packages to local network, so it must not
> be the case.
> I've read the man twice, the isn't anything covering the possible
> errors. I'm confused, what should I do?

Allow me to provide some information refactored from a post I wrote
5 years ago - I'm not fully sure it still applies today, but it did
work as intended. Even though I use mount + fstab, mount_smbfs is at
the center of this approach.

In order to use mount (mount_smbfs), provide the "login information"
as needed in /etc/nsmb.conf (replace uppercase placeholders), for example:




where SERVERNAME and USERNAME correspond to the server's name
and the username you use to access the share (with the proper

See "man nsmb.conf" for details.

You could use a hostname instead of an IP, for example by adding
an entry in /etc/hosts for the target.

Parts of the above information should then be reflected in /etc/fstab,
maybe like this:

	//USERNAME at SERVERNAME/share  /smb/share  smbfs  rw,noauto  0  0

This should allow you to use

	# mount /smb/share

a bit easier (and automatically, if desired).

If the target exposes more than one share via "drive letters", you
can use a similar approach in /etc/fstab:

	//USERNAME at SERVERNAME/a$     /smb/a      smbfs  rw,noauto  0  0
	//USERNAME at SERVERNAME/c$     /smb/c      smbfs  rw,noauto  0  0
	//USERNAME at SERVERNAME/d$     /smb/d      smbfs  rw,noauto  0  0
	//USERNAME at SERVERNAME/e$     /smb/e      smbfs  rw,noauto  0  0
	//USERNAME at SERVERNAME/f$     /smb/f      smbfs  rw,noauto  0  0

The "generic" mount command will then work as mentioned above.

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