"Can't resolve mount point ..." - Mandrake 9.2 to WinXP host
Hi. New Linux user here: Mandrake 9.2 running on VMWare under Windows XP Pro SP1. I am a very experienced Windows user and I have a brain but I am new to Linux. Networking is all configured and running properly, DNS etc works, so I am convinced this is a viable installation despite the weirdness of it being under VMWare.
Problem: I'm trying to mount a share on a Windows machine (not the VMWare host) in the Linux machine. I keep getting the message "Can't resolve mount point /mnt/vmtools"
What I have done so far:
Created share called "vmt" on Windows machine, permissioned for Everyone / Full Control. Machine is called "bart". Share can be accessed as \\bart\vmt from Windows.
In console window in Linux typed "su -" and logged in then typed:
mount -t smbfs -o username=user,password=password //bart/vmt /mnt/vmtools
Then got the error message as above "Can't resolve mount point /mnt/vmtools".
So after some thought and some googling I created a directory /mnt/vmtools... and got the same error.
So after more thought I did a "chmod 777 /mnt/vmtools" in case it was a permissions thing but get same error.
Next I edited /etc/fstab putting in this line:
//bart/vmt /mnt/vmtools smbfs noauto,rw,username=user 0 0
(because I found it with google as a suggested solution). But I still get the same error. However! Now if I remove the directory /mnt/vmtools I get "mount: can't find /mnt/vmtools in /etc/fstab or /etc/mtab"
I am now very confused :-)
- Are you supposed to create the mount point as a directory before you mount it, or not?
- Do you have to put the entry in /etc/fstab or not?
- Help! What am I doing wrong?
Thanks in advance for any help offered.