Thanks michaelk for providing the clues necessary to figure this out.
As with many errors, this was not one single error, but a vatiety of little errors which had to be tediously eliminated one at a time.
Fisrt it appears that both, smbnetfs
need to be installed: For an apparently outdated tutorial, see MountWindowsSharesPermanently
, which does not mention smbnetfs
. However, smbnetfs
is mentioned in a newer discussion covering Ubuntu 12.xx located here: 12.10 cifs shares not mounting after modifying /etc/fstab
. One respondent wrote: "fixed my trouble under a fresh 64-bit install of 12.10. (Also had installed smbnetfs before looking here. I believe both are needed, but am not positive.
Second, as with many programs the software has "evolved
", some of the advice related to cifs
appears dated and some of the options that seemingly should have work with FSTAB
seem to have been deprciated (in terms of cifs
), such as sync
. See this FSTAB file descirption.
Finally, note that "RT-N56U" is captialized in the line of code below. Lower case worked in terminal mode, but not from the FSTAB file!!!
Working code below.
//RT-N56U/sda1 /media/usbdrive cifs guest,rw,nofail 0 0
Any obviously missing cifs
options that should be added?
The backup program that I have been using (sbackup
) seems to periodically fail when backing up to an external device. The hope is that by having the USB flahdrive already mounted, that sbackup will become more reliable. I will soon findout.