Mounting Samba-share in Ubuntu

Posted: May 8, 2013 in Ubuntu

My DVD-reader gave up on me some time ago. I have two laptops with Ubuntu and wanted to use the DVD-reader from the other laptop on the first one. You can easily share the DVD-drive on one laptop using the properties from the file explorer. On the other side, you can see your laptop and the shared drive. But but but, you can’t access the drive from some applications because they do not support Samba directly (which is rather evident). So, you need to mount the drive on a local directory. Just type:

sudo mount -t cifs -o username=yourname,password=yourpassword //your-ip-here/sharename mymount

The mymount directory must exist. Just create one with mkdir. I had trouble using the hostname instead of the IP. With the direct IP address, everything worked as planned. When you look into your mymount-directory you will see the content of your share. You can use this directory in every application.


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