smbfs should be installed by default

Bug #24815 reported by Alexei Isac on 2005-10-31
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
samba (Baltix)
Undecided
Unassigned
samba (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
Ubuntu Server

Bug Description

mount -t smbfs .. is a very popular way to mount a WinX share. This does not
work because the package smbfs is not included as a part of ubuntu by default.
If the reasoning behind this is that it would take up space, please consider
putting a more humna readable error message (current message is '1919251317 is
not supported').

This is even more frustrating when Ubuntu is booted from the Live CD - without this feature, I have to use Knoppix inplace of Ubuntu Live CD to mount Windows shares and work with remote files/folders from the command line.

Please add this feature before DD is released if possible :-)

KarlGoetz (kgoetz) wrote :

I have had cause to use this package on several pcs. its only 500~kb itself (pluss dependancies), so it would be nice to have

Changed in samba:
status: Unconfirmed → Confirmed
KarlGoetz (kgoetz) wrote :

Dmitry:
you can use gnomes VFS (places -> connect to server), but its not as good in many ways :/ (its also better in lots :))

Karl,

Thank you for the reply.

I am not sure if I can use something like this after I connect to a remote Samba server using gnome's VFS:

remote_server# bzcat foo.img.bz2 | dd of=/dev/hda bs=64k

And I certainly will not be able to use places -> connect to server if I am not in Gnome. Hope the issue with mount -t smbfs isn't caused by the Gnove vs. KDE thing, is it? ;-)

Dmitry Mityugov wrote:
> Karl,
>
> Thank you for the reply.
>
> I am not sure if I can use something like this after I connect to a
> remote Samba server using gnome's VFS:
>
> remote_server# bzcat foo.img.bz2 | dd of=/dev/hda bs=64k
yes, well, thats one of those not-so-easy things ;|
>
> And I certainly will not be able to use places -> connect to server if I
> am not in Gnome.
thats true :)
  Hope the issue with mount -t smbfs isn't caused by the
> Gnove vs. KDE thing, is it? ;-)
lol. i certainly hope not :)
>

I too believe smbfs should be installed by default.
It allows us to mount a Windows share into the filesystem which makes it usefull for Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Xubuntu and for command line usage.
As it offers us better compatibility with Windows and it is pretty small I see no reasons why not to to include it.

I'm using Edgy.

KarlGoetz (kgoetz) wrote :

Its still absent in Feisty.

Changed in samba:
assignee: adconrad → ubuntu-server
status: New → Invalid
Ivaylo Ivanov (icefox) wrote :

In Gutsy too

Chuck Short (zulcss) wrote :

SMBFS will be going away soonish in the kernel so setting this as wont fix.

Regards
chuck

Chuck Short (zulcss) on 2008-03-18
Changed in samba:
status: Confirmed → Won't Fix
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