How to use smb to mount a directory of an ubuntu server on an ubuntu guest machine?

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I have setup a shared samba folder on an ubuntu 20.04 server. The below code is in the /etc/samba/smb.conf file:

path = /media/tidy/mine
valid users = tidy
read only = no
E45: 'readonly'

I want to mount the above shared folder on the /home/guest/f_folder directory of a guest machine that runs ubuntu 20.04. The local ip address of the server is What commands should I use?

cn flag

Install cifs with

sudo apt-get install cifs-utils

Create the mountpoint.

sudo mkdir /home/guest/f_folder

and mount it ...

sudo mount -t cifs // /home/guest/f_folder
  • Please use dedicated mount points for both directories.

    • /media is for removable storage. Not the best place to set up a samba mount and it will break your setup when you remove the medium.
    • use /home/guest/f_folderif you really want to but I would advice against it. It is so easy to mess up when you use /home`.
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I received the error `Refer to the mount.cifs(8) manual page (e.g. man mount.cifs) and kernel log messages (dmesg)`
in flag

One way to do this would be via the Terminal:

sudo mount -t cifs -o uid=tidy,username=tidy,password=superSecretPassword!123 // /home/guest/f_folder

Note: Be sure to replace superSecretPassword!123 with the actual password you have set.

You will need to create the f_folder directory first, otherwise there will be no place for the share to be mounted to.

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I received the error `mount: /media/tidy/f_folder: bad option; for several filesystems (e.g. nfs, cifs) you might need a /sbin/mount.<type> helper program.`
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This command worked: `sudo mount -t cifs -o username=tidy,password=My_Password_is_something_secrect // /home/digital/tidy `. I have two questions, how can I unmount when I decide to? Also, how can I give the password as a hidden prompt instead of giving the password in plain text?
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I found the answers. For un-mounting I use `sudo umount /home/digital/tidy`. For prompting the password I use `sudo mount -t cifs -o username=tidy // /media/tidy/f_folder/ `

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