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Old 11-02-2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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How did I mount this network drive if it's not in /etc/fstab?

Hi all,
I feel like a real n00b for having to ask this, but I'm clueless. I have built a HTPC at the beginning of this year with ubuntu minimal (9.10) and XBMC. In my /home/xbmc directory is a directory called media which directly links to my homeserver containing all movies, music etc. I remeber I preferred this to using Samba shares from XBMC as it was faster and more reliable. I'm pretty sure I set this up with NFS. However, when I look at my /etc/fstab file I see this:
# /etc/fstab: static file system information.
# Use 'blkid -o value -s UUID' to print the universally unique identifier
# for a device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name
# devices that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5).
# <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass>
proc /proc proc defaults 0 0
/dev/mapper/htpc-root / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1
# /boot was on /dev/sda5 during installation
UUID=4913891b-ec97-4f29-9902-be4b1a66b29b /boot ext2 defaults 0 2
/dev/mapper/htpc-home /home ext4 defaults 0 2
/dev/mapper/htpc-swap_1 none swap sw 0 0
/dev/scd0 /media/cdrom0 udf,iso9660 user,noauto,exec,utf8 0 0

There isn't any mention of this share in this file. As I want to setup a new machines based on Maverick x64 minimal, I try to repeat my steps, but I can't figure this one out. Can anyone give me a hint of how I might have setup this share in my home folder?

To add to my confusion, aptitude search '~i' doesn't actually show nfs-common, so I guess I'm not using nfs for this share. my smb.conf doesn't list any shares either, so I don't think I have used samba either. What else could I have done?

Last edited by martdj; 11-02-2010 at 05:15 PM.
Old 11-02-2010, 05:22 PM   #2
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What's the actual mount line pertaining to the share?
Old 11-02-2010, 05:37 PM   #3
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Very good question, as it gives a big clue:
//Zeus/Media on /home/xbmc/media type cifs (rw,mand)

Now I have to lookup what this cifs thing is. Is it a logical choice for a connection (which I believe to be read-only) or would nfs make more sense?
The idea is to have a read-only connection to this share with the least rights for this (insecure) HTPC server as possible while obviously being able to read all files and have a fast and steady connection.

hmm... and looking at info on cifs I still don't get how this mount is auto-mounted without info in fstab :-(

Last edited by martdj; 11-02-2010 at 05:41 PM.
Old 11-02-2010, 06:02 PM   #4
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As you probably have found from googling cifs is the filesystem type for samba shares. You probably have some init or startup script that mounts the share.
Old 11-03-2010, 05:05 AM   #5
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I found it in the end in my /etc/rc.local file. Thank you all for your help. I think for my new setup I will use NFS though combined with autofs.


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