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me too. i wouldn't be THAT surprised if they shipped it without support compiled in tho, or if you perhaps accidentally compiled it out... i'm kinda hoping that one of our slack fiends will jump in here and help me out with an answer (finny? taz? where are you!)
the option for the smbfs will be in the kernel somewhere... all distro kernels are essentially the same... but the compilation and modules can differ.
smbfs doesn't come compiled into the default kernel, so yeah, you'll need to go in and add the support which Slack does have as you''ve all said. I'll have the section in a second here...I'm in windows of course...
Your getting the "not supported by kernel" message because the module is not loaded, try "modprobe smbfs" before you mount the samba share, if it works you'll need to load the module at boot before the kernel attemps to mount the samba share. Having fs support compiled into the kernel is recomended though.
You'll then need to recompile the kernel. It's not that bad really, just do yourself a huge favor and read up first. Linuxdoc.org has a good How-To. Also, there's a bunch of slack compile threads in the forums. There was one yesterday that I replied to that has the commands from start to finish.
Without confusing you any more..Sorry my bad if I did...lsmod "lists" the currently installed modules. if you want it to load on boot everytime, go to /etc/rc.d and edit rc.modules. Scroll down to filesystem support and uncomment the appropriate smbfs line by removing the # sign in front. It'll look like: