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so i have been playing around with it some more and i am not sure what i did but i believe it now works
i had an su command in the script ahead of the smbmount commands. so after running that in the terminal i was of course still as 'root'. running mount at that point showed no network shares mounted. when i exited back to my user account, and then ran mount again it showed the shares.
it seems very odd but as i said earlier, there was never any errors so i guess it was always working, just i wasnt able to see them immediately.
thanks for your time though. i appreciate your efforts