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This article describes how to permanently mount Samba Shares in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal. We have written many tutorials about file sharing on this site. This one shows you how to mount those shares permanently in Ubuntu. These can be shares on Windows  or Linux machines. When shares are permanently mounted, they will always be there everytime you login to your desktop.


Getting started:


To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T to open Terminal. Then install Samba Server by running the command below:

sudo apt-get install samba smbfs



After installing Samba, run the command below to edit the fstab file.

gksu gedit /etc/fstab



When fstab file open, add the line below at the bottom of the file and save. Replace //SERVER/Shares with the IP Address or Hostname of the computer and the share name. For username and password, enter your username and password for the computer hosting the shares.

//SERVER/shares /MOUNTPOINT smbfs username=user,password=pass 0 0



Restart your computer and the file should be mounted at the mount point you specified automatically.




If you don’t have full access to the mounted shares, open the fstab file and add the below options to the line.





My personal option is shown below:

//HOSTNAME/shares /MountPoint smbfs username=richard,password=pass,uid=richard,gid=richard 0 0

Replace user with your Windows’ username and pass with your Windows’ password. Also replace and reference of ‘richard’ to your own Ubuntu account.



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