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Old 08-09-2003, 11:39 AM   #1
TrashCanMan
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Mounting a Samba share after booting


Right - nice and easy one for you!!!

I have a small home network consisting of a Linux (Mandrake 9.1 with KDE GUI) NAT/Gateway, and some Win98se boxes. I use Samba to host the shared directory.

Thing is, I have to boot the windows machines *before* I boot the Linux machine, otherwise I cannot access the shared directories on the windows machines from the Linux box. I've tried mounting them using DiskDrake and manually at the console, all to no avail.

Does anyone know how to access the shared directories on the windows boxes if I mistakenly boot the Linux box up first?

Thanks for your help in advance!!!!

Regards,

Matt

 
Old 08-10-2003, 12:33 AM   #2
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well there's no easy way to do that, Samba has no special option to keep retrying. I guess you'll have to write a little Bash script to look at it and to run this script each 5 min with cron.
 
Old 08-10-2003, 05:07 AM   #3
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Thanks for your reply, half_elf!

I don't necessarily need to automate, just to be able to run a script/type a command that I can run when someone boots up another PC.

Has anyone else hit this problem or have I misconfigured or something?
 
Old 08-10-2003, 09:46 AM   #4
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This is a normal behavior.
In Linux, you NEED to mount disks to use them, even if the "disk" is a network share.

You'll need to write a script like the following then to run it at fixed time with cron.

#!/bin/sh
HDOK=`df | grep "windoze_computer_name"`
if [ HDOK = "" ]; then
BOXOK=`ping -c windoze_computer_ip`
if [ BOXOK != "destination unreachable" ]; then
smbmount //windoze_computer_name/shared_dir
fi
fi


ok this script is a bit stupid, and I haven't tried it, but it give you a general idea.
 
Old 08-10-2003, 10:15 AM   #5
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That's cool, thanks. I'll give that a go!
 
  


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