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  1. #1

    Mounting Drives automatically and as normal user?

    Hey guys, I am starting to dabble in Linux these days and finally installed linux on 2 of my boxes (2 windows game machines, and 2 linux machines). I have been using it for about a month, and really liking it. The problem I have is this:

    I mount a SMB drive like this:

    mount -t smbfs // /mainshare -o username=xxx, password=xxx

    It works fine, but I have two issues:

    1) How can I mount this every time Linux starts?


    2) When working in the drive, if I am root, I can create, delete, modify etc all the files in the drive, however, when I am a normal user, I cannot. How can I give the normal user the same rights on that folder as root?

    Any and all help is appreciated.

  2. #2
    1. To start it at boot time, you can add it to your /etc/fstab file.

    2. If it's a shared folder, u will have to make sure that the computer the share's on has write privileges to that share, and then when shared, should allow u to write to it.
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  3. #3
    Well I know its not a problem with the remote machine because when I try as root (on my local machine), I can create/edit fine, but when I mount the drive as root, but then try to edit the files as non-root, it doesnt work.

    I tried chmod +777 /mainshare as root, but it wouldnt let me do that on remote folders.

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  5. #4
    I am not too sure about mounting drives as a user, i haven't really had a lot of experience with samba shares recently, so can't remember too well....

    Why do u need to mount it as a user? If you mount it as root, can u write to it as a user?
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  6. #5
    Nope, thats the problem I am having

    WHen I mount as root, I can write/read to it, but when I 'exit' out of su mode, I lose that capability to write.

    Sorry if I wasn't clear on the original question.

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     // /mnt/home smbfs workgroup=MY_WORKGROUP,username=my_username,password=my_password,user 0 0

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