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Old 05-11-2006, 12:11 AM   #1
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mount.cifs - mount error 20 = Not a directory

Hi all,

I'm trying to mount a Win2k3 ADS fs via the command below:

mount.cifs //<server>/<share> -o username=xxx,password=yyy,domain=zzz

Unfortunately, i'm getting

mount error 20 = Not a directory
Refer to the mount.cifs(8) manual page ( mount.cifs)

please help

Old 05-11-2006, 07:38 PM   #2
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1. Have you alreaday run kinit to get a key

2. is the server path correct

3. if all that is good use

mount -t cifs //server/share /mnt/mntpoint -o username=username

that will ask for the password.

This works fine on my systems

Old 02-12-2007, 08:08 PM   #3
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I can see a problem with the following :

mount.cifs //<server>/<share> -o username=xxx,password=yyy,domain=zzz

which should be something like

mount.cifs //<server>/<share> /<mnt/<point> -o username=xxx,password=yyy,domain=zzz

Not sure if this helps but I have the same problem and no idea why. I am using RHEL 4 update 3.

- Kurt

I know the mount point exists because I can connect to it via nautilus with no problems at all and smbclient -I -L //fs1 works fine and list the share.

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Old 02-12-2007, 08:42 PM   #4
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Folling the trail of thought, it seems as though cifs is not a complete replacement for the old SMB mounting so the problem I suggest is that you should be using the smbfs filesystem and not cifs. You can do this by using mount.smbfs which should then mount it. Now I am getting a corruption with the directory listing which I guess is to do with codepages, etc. If I can figure this out then maybe I can get it to work .

- Kurt
Old 03-05-2007, 01:43 PM   #5
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I am suffering with exactly the same issue. using mount.cifs I get the error 20.... and using mount.smbfs it seems to work but browsing the dir just shows rubbish. If you get any further please post your findings
Old 03-07-2007, 10:14 AM   #6
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I had the same problem and resolved it by making sure that I had the correct SHARE PERMISSIONS for the user I was trying to mount it with.
Old 01-12-2008, 06:50 PM   #7
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Point of clarification

Make sure that the user has permission to both access the share and the folder within Windows (Sharing and Security tabs).
Old 06-09-2008, 07:18 AM   #8
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The following solved this problem for me. (It may work for you but clearly only if this file already exists)

echo 0 > /proc/fs/cifs/LinuxExtensionsEnabled
Old 06-18-2008, 02:00 PM   #9
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Smile issue solved :-)

thanks andrewupton !
this "echo 0 > /proc/fs/cifs/LinuxExtensionsEnabled" solved my problem.

i use debian sid (updated) with mount (util-linux-ng 2.13.1-rc1)

i was trying to connect to a network storage (on my local lan) that is exposing a windows share with samba/cifs protocol.

it is an ide storage with external usb/Ethernet which is exposing windows share or ftp server on the network.

i use kde 3.5.9 kio smb to browse it easily and i tried to mount it from the command line but could not... until now :-)

super thanks :-)
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Smile Thank YOU andrewupton!

echo 0 > /proc/fs/cifs/LinuxExtensionsEnabled
worked great to solve my little Tuesday morning issue.

Thank you very much!
Old 10-16-2008, 12:55 PM   #11
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Guys, I have a strange problems with cifs and Samba. Maybe you could help me as well.

I can write new files on a share, I can update them but I can't write on special occasions. And because of this thunderbird (with a remote profile) does not work as well.


martel@nebula:~$ echo agata > Shared/test5.txt 
martel@nebula:~$ cat Shared/test5.txt
martel@nebula:~$ echo agata > Shared/test5.txt 
bash: Shared/test5.txt: Not a directory
martel@nebula:~$ echo agata >> Shared/test5.txt 
martel@nebula:~$ cat Shared/test5.txt
martel@nebula:~$ echo agata > Shared/test5.txt 
bash: Shared/test5.txt: Not a directory
martel@nebula:~$ ls -l Shared/test5.txt
-rw-rw-rw- 1 martel users 12 2008-10-16 19:56 Shared/test5.txt
My share looks like this:

//share/folder /home/martel/Shared cifs    defaults,uid=martel,gid=users,file_mode=0666,dir_mode=0777,credentials=/home/martel/.cifs-credentials

Last edited by Valgoerad; 10-16-2008 at 12:56 PM.


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