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       mount.cifs - mount using the Common Internet File System (CIFS)


       mount.cifs {service} {mount-point} [-o options]


       This tool is part of the cifs-utils suite.

       mount.cifs mounts a Linux CIFS filesystem. It is usually invoked indirectly by the
       mount(8) command when using the "-t cifs" option. This command only works in Linux, and
       the kernel must support the cifs filesystem. The CIFS protocol is the successor to the SMB
       protocol and is supported by most Windows servers and many other commercial servers and
       Network Attached Storage appliances as well as by the popular Open Source server Samba.

       The mount.cifs utility attaches the UNC name (exported network resource) specified as
       service (using //server/share syntax, where "server" is the server name or IP address and
       "share" is the name of the share) to the local directory mount-point.

       Options to mount.cifs are specified as a comma-separated list of key=value pairs. It is
       possible to send options other than those listed here, assuming that the cifs filesystem
       kernel module (cifs.ko) supports them. Unrecognized cifs mount options passed to the cifs
       vfs kernel code will be logged to the kernel log.

       mount.cifs causes the cifs vfs to launch a thread named cifsd. After mounting it keeps
       running until the mounted resource is unmounted (usually via the umount utility).

       mount.cifs -V command displays the version of cifs mount helper.

       modinfo cifs command displays the version of cifs module.


           specifies the username to connect as. If this is not given, then the environment
           variable USER is used. This option can also take the form "user%password" or
           "workgroup/user" or "workgroup/user%password" to allow the password and workgroup to
           be specified as part of the username.

               The cifs vfs accepts the parameter user=, or for users familiar with smbfs it
               accepts the longer form of the parameter username=. Similarly the longer smbfs
               style parameter names may be accepted as synonyms for the shorter cifs parameters
               pass=,dom= and cred=.

           specifies the CIFS password. If this option is not given then the environment variable
           PASSWD is used. If the password is not specified directly or indirectly via an
           argument to mount, mount.cifs will prompt for a password, unless the guest option is

           Note that a password which contains the delimiter character (i.e. a comma ´,´) will
           fail to be parsed correctly on the command line. However, the same password defined in
           the PASSWD environment variable or via a credentials file (see below) or entered at
           the password prompt will be read correctly.

           specifies a file that contains a username and/or password and optionally the name of
           the workgroup. The format of the file is:


           This is preferred over having passwords in plaintext in a shared file, such as
           /etc/fstab. Be sure to protect any credentials file properly.

           sets the uid that will own all files or directories on the mounted filesystem when the
           server does not provide ownership information. It may be specified as either a
           username or a numeric uid. When not specified, the default is uid 0. The mount.cifs
           helper must be at version 1.10 or higher to support specifying the uid in non-numeric
           form. See the section on FILE AND DIRECTORY OWNERSHIP AND PERMISSIONS below for more

           instructs the client to ignore any uid provided by the server for files and
           directories and to always assign the owner to be the value of the uid= option. See the
           section on FILE AND DIRECTORY OWNERSHIP AND PERMISSIONS below for more information.

           sets the uid of the owner of the credentials cache. This is primarily useful with
           sec=krb5. The default is the real uid of the process performing the mount. Setting
           this parameter directs the upcall to look for a credentials cache owned by that user.

           sets the gid that will own all files or directories on the mounted filesystem when the
           server does not provide ownership information. It may be specified as either a
           groupname or a numeric gid. When not specified, the default is gid 0. The mount.cifs
           helper must be at version 1.10 or higher to support specifying the gid in non-numeric
           form. See the section on FILE AND DIRECTORY OWNERSHIP AND PERMISSIONS below for more

           instructs the client to ignore any gid provided by the server for files and
           directories and to always assign the owner to be the value of the gid= option. See the
           section on FILE AND DIRECTORY OWNERSHIP AND PERMISSIONS below for more information.

           sets the port number on which the client will attempt to contact the CIFS server. If
           this value is specified, look for an existing connection with this port, and use that
           if one exists. If one doesn't exist, try to create a new connection on that port. If
           that connection fails, return an error. If this value isn't specified, look for an
           existing connection on port 445 or 139. If no such connection exists, try to connect
           on port 445 first and then port 139 if that fails. Return an error if both fail.

           Specify the server netbios name (RFC1001 name) to use when attempting to setup a
           session to the server. Although rarely needed for mounting to newer servers, this
           option is needed for mounting to some older servers (such as OS/2 or Windows 98 and
           Windows ME) since when connecting over port 139 they, unlike most newer servers, do
           not support a default server name. A server name can be up to 15 characters long and
           is usually uppercased.

           Synonym for servernetbiosname.

           When mounting to servers via port 139, specifies the RFC1001 source name to use to
           represent the client netbios machine name when doing the RFC1001 netbios session

           If the server does not support the CIFS Unix extensions this overrides the default
           file mode.

           If the server does not support the CIFS Unix extensions this overrides the default
           mode for directories.

           sets the destination IP address. This option is set automatically if the server name
           portion of the requested UNC name can be resolved so rarely needs to be specified by
           the user.

           sets the domain (workgroup) of the user

           don´t prompt for a password

           Charset used to convert local path names to and from Unicode. Unicode is used by
           default for network path names if the server supports it. If iocharset is not
           specified then the nls_default specified during the local client kernel build will be
           used. If server does not support Unicode, this parameter is unused.

           mount read-only

           mount read-write

           If the CIFS Unix extensions are negotiated with the server the client will attempt to
           set the effective uid and gid of the local process on newly created files,
           directories, and devices (create, mkdir, mknod). If the CIFS Unix Extensions are not
           negotiated, for newly created files and directories instead of using the default uid
           and gid specified on the the mount, cache the new file´s uid and gid locally which
           means that the uid for the file can change when the inode is reloaded (or the user
           remounts the share).

           The client will not attempt to set the uid and gid on on newly created files,
           directories, and devices (create, mkdir, mknod) which will result in the server
           setting the uid and gid to the default (usually the server uid of the user who mounted
           the share). Letting the server (rather than the client) set the uid and gid is the
           default.If the CIFS Unix Extensions are not negotiated then the uid and gid for new
           files will appear to be the uid (gid) of the mounter or the uid (gid) parameter
           specified on the mount.

           Client does permission checks (vfs_permission check of uid and gid of the file against
           the mode and desired operation), Note that this is in addition to the normal ACL check
           on the target machine done by the server software. Client permission checking is
           enabled by default.

           Client does not do permission checks. This can expose files on this mount to access by
           other users on the local client system. It is typically only needed when the server
           supports the CIFS Unix Extensions but the UIDs/GIDs on the client and server system do
           not match closely enough to allow access by the user doing the mount. Note that this
           does not affect the normal ACL check on the target machine done by the server software
           (of the server ACL against the user name provided at mount time).

           Instructs the server to maintain ownership and permissions in memory that can´t be
           stored on the server. This information can disappear at any time (whenever the inode
           is flushed from the cache), so while this may help make some applications work, it´s
           behavior is somewhat unreliable. See the section below on FILE AND DIRECTORY OWNERSHIP
           AND PERMISSIONS for more information.

           Do not do inode data caching on files opened on this mount. This precludes mmaping
           files on this mount. In some cases with fast networks and little or no caching
           benefits on the client (e.g. when the application is doing large sequential reads
           bigger than page size without rereading the same data) this can provide better
           performance than the default behavior which caches reads (readahead) and writes
           (writebehind) through the local Linux client pagecache if oplock (caching token) is
           granted and held. Note that direct allows write operations larger than page size to be
           sent to the server. On some kernels this requires the cifs.ko module to be built with
           the CIFS_EXPERIMENTAL configure option.

           Use for switching on strict cache mode. In this mode the client reads from the cache
           all the time it has Oplock Level II, otherwise - read from the server. As for write -
           the client stores a data in the cache in Exclusive Oplock case, otherwise - write
           directly to the server.

           Forward pid of a process who opened a file to any read or write operation on that
           file. This prevent applications like WINE from failing on read and write if we use
           mandatory brlock style.

           Translate six of the seven reserved characters (not backslash, but including the
           colon, question mark, pipe, asterik, greater than and less than characters) to the
           remap range (above 0xF000), which also allows the CIFS client to recognize files
           created with such characters by Windows´s POSIX emulation. This can also be useful
           when mounting to most versions of Samba (which also forbids creating and opening files
           whose names contain any of these seven characters). This has no effect if the server
           does not support Unicode on the wire. Please note that the files created with mapchars
           mount option may not be accessible if the share is mounted without that option.

           Do not translate any of these seven characters (default)

           currently unimplemented

           (default) currently unimplemented

           The program accessing a file on the cifs mounted file system will hang when the server

           (default) The program accessing a file on the cifs mounted file system will not hang
           when the server crashes and will return errors to the user application.

           Do not allow POSIX ACL operations even if server would support them.

           The CIFS client can get and set POSIX ACLs (getfacl, setfacl) to Samba servers version
           3.0.10 and later. Setting POSIX ACLs requires enabling both CIFS_XATTR and then
           CIFS_POSIX support in the CIFS configuration options when building the cifs module.
           POSIX ACL support can be disabled on a per mount basis by specifying "noacl" on mount.

           This option is used to map CIFS/NTFS ACLs to/from Linux permission bits, map SIDs
           to/from UIDs and GIDs, and get and set Security Descriptors.


           Request case insensitive path name matching (case sensitive is the default if the
           server suports it).

           Synonym for nocase.

           Security mode. Allowed values are:

           ·   none attempt to connection as a null user (no name)

           ·   krb5 Use Kerberos version 5 authentication

           ·   krb5i Use Kerberos authentication and forcibly enable packet signing

           ·   ntlm Use NTLM password hashing (default)

           ·   ntlmi Use NTLM password hashing and force packet signing

           ·   ntlmv2 Use NTLMv2 password hashing

           ·   ntlmv2i Use NTLMv2 password hashing and force packet signing

           ·   ntlmssp Use NTLMv2 password hashing encapsulated in Raw NTLMSSP message

           ·   ntlmsspi Use NTLMv2 password hashing encapsulated in Raw NTLMSSP message, and
               force packet signing

           If the server requires signing during protocol negotiation, then it may be enabled
           automatically. Packet signing may also be enabled automatically if it's enabled in

           Do not send byte range lock requests to the server. This is necessary for certain
           applications that break with cifs style mandatory byte range locks (and most cifs
           servers do not yet support requesting advisory byte range locks).

           When the CIFS Unix Extensions are not negotiated, attempt to create device files and
           fifos in a format compatible with Services for Unix (SFU). In addition retrieve bits
           10-12 of the mode via the SETFILEBITS extended attribute (as SFU does). In the future
           the bottom 9 bits of the mode mode also will be emulated using queries of the security
           descriptor (ACL). [NB: requires version 1.39 or later of the CIFS VFS. To recognize
           symlinks and be able to create symlinks in an SFU interoperable form requires version
           1.40 or later of the CIFS VFS kernel module.

           Use inode numbers (unique persistent file identifiers) returned by the server instead
           of automatically generating temporary inode numbers on the client. Although server
           inode numbers make it easier to spot hardlinked files (as they will have the same
           inode numbers) and inode numbers may be persistent (which is userful for some
           sofware), the server does not guarantee that the inode numbers are unique if multiple
           server side mounts are exported under a single share (since inode numbers on the
           servers might not be unique if multiple filesystems are mounted under the same shared
           higher level directory). Note that not all servers support returning server inode
           numbers, although those that support the CIFS Unix Extensions, and Windows 2000 and
           later servers typically do support this (although not necessarily on every local
           server filesystem). Parameter has no effect if the server lacks support for returning
           inode numbers or equivalent. This behavior is enabled by default.

           Client generates inode numbers itself rather than using the actual ones from the

           See section INODE NUMBERS for more information.

           Disable the CIFS Unix Extensions for this mount. This can be useful in order to turn
           off multiple settings at once. This includes POSIX acls, POSIX locks, POSIX paths,
           symlink support and retrieving uids/gids/mode from the server. This can also be useful
           to work around a bug in a server that supports Unix Extensions.

           See section INODE NUMBERS for more information.

           (default) Do not allow getfattr/setfattr to get/set xattrs, even if server would
           support it otherwise.

           default network read size (usually 16K). The client currently can not use rsize larger
           than CIFSMaxBufSize. CIFSMaxBufSize defaults to 16K and may be changed (from 8K to the
           maximum kmalloc size allowed by your kernel) at module install time for cifs.ko.
           Setting CIFSMaxBufSize to a very large value will cause cifs to use more memory and
           may reduce performance in some cases. To use rsize greater than 127K (the original
           cifs protocol maximum) also requires that the server support a new Unix Capability
           flag (for very large read) which some newer servers (e.g. Samba 3.0.26 or later) do.
           rsize can be set from a minimum of 2048 to a maximum of 130048 (127K or
           CIFSMaxBufSize, whichever is smaller)

           Maximum amount of data that the kernel will send in a write request in bytes. Prior to
           kernel 3.0.0, the default and maximum was 57344 (14 * 4096 pages). As of 3.0.0, the
           default is 1M, and the maximum allowed is 16M. Note that this value is just a starting
           point for negotiation in 3.0.0 and up. The client and server may negotiate this size
           downward according to the server's capabilities. In kernels prior to 3.0.0, no
           negotiation is performed. It can end up with an existing superblock if this value
           isn't specified or it's greater or equal than the existing one.

           Enable local disk caching using FS-Cache for CIFS. This option could be useful to
           improve performance on a slow link, heavily loaded server and/or network where reading
           from the disk is faster than reading from the server (over the network). This could
           also impact the scalability positively as the number of calls to the server are
           reduced. But, be warned that local caching is not suitable for all workloads, for
           e.g., read-once type workloads. So, you need to consider carefully the
           situation/workload before using this option. Currently, local disk caching is enabled
           for CIFS files opened as read-only.

           NOTE: This feature is available only in the recent kernels that have been built with
           the kernel config option CONFIG_CIFS_FSCACHE. You also need to have cachefilesd daemon
           installed and running to make the cache operational.

           Map user accesses to individual credentials when accessing the server. By default,
           CIFS mounts only use a single set of user credentials (the mount credentials) when
           accessing a share. With this option, the client instead creates a new session with the
           server using the user's credentials whenever a new user accesses the mount. Further
           accesses by that user will also use those credentials. Because the kernel cannot
           prompt for passwords, multiuser mounts are limited to mounts using sec= options that
           don't require passwords.

           With this change, it's feasible for the server to handle permissions enforcement, so
           this option also implies "noperm". Furthermore, when unix extensions aren't in use and
           the administrator has not overriden ownership using the uid= or gid= options,
           ownership of files is presented as the current user accessing the share.

           The time (in seconds) that the CIFS client caches attributes of a file or directory
           before it requests attribute information from a server. During this period the changes
           that occur on the server remain undetected until the client checks the server again.

           By default, the attribute cache timeout is set to 1 second. This means more frequent
           on-the-wire calls to the server to check whether attributes have changed which could
           impact performance. With this option users can make a tradeoff between performance and
           cache metadata correctness, depending on workload needs. Shorter timeouts mean better
           cache coherency, but frequent increased number of calls to the server. Longer timeouts
           mean a reduced number of calls to the server but looser cache coherency. The actimeo
           value is a positive integer that can hold values between 0 and a maximum value of 2^30
           * HZ (frequency of timer interrupt) setting.

           If unix extensions are enabled on a share, then the client will typically allow
           filenames to include any character besides '/' in a pathname component, and will use
           forward slashes as a pathname delimiter. This option prevents the client from
           attempting to negotiate the use of posix-style pathnames to the server.

           Inverse of noposixpaths.

           Print additional debugging information for the mount. Note that this parameter must be
           specified before the -o. For example:

           mount -t cifs //server/share /mnt --verbose -o user=username


       It´s generally preferred to use forward slashes (/) as a delimiter in service names. They
       are considered to be the "universal delimiter" since they are generally not allowed to be
       embedded within path components on Windows machines and the client can convert them to
       blackslashes (\) unconditionally. Conversely, backslash characters are allowed by POSIX to
       be part of a path component, and can´t be automatically converted in the same way.

       mount.cifs will attempt to convert backslashes to forward slashes where it´s able to do
       so, but it cannot do so in any path component following the sharename.


       When Unix Extensions are enabled, we use the actual inode number provided by the server in
       response to the POSIX calls as an inode number.

       When Unix Extensions are disabled and "serverino" mount option is enabled there is no way
       to get the server inode number. The client typically maps the server-assigned "UniqueID"
       onto an inode number.

       Note that the UniqueID is a different value from the server inode number. The UniqueID
       value is unique over the scope of the entire server and is often greater than 2 power 32.
       This value often makes programs that are not compiled with LFS (Large File Support), to
       trigger a glibc EOVERFLOW error as this won´t fit in the target structure field. It is
       strongly recommended to compile your programs with LFS support (i.e. with
       -D_FILE_OFFSET_BITS=64) to prevent this problem. You can also use "noserverino" mount
       option to generate inode numbers smaller than 2 power 32 on the client. But you may not be
       able to detect hardlinks properly.


       This option is used to work with file objects which posses Security Descriptors and
       CIFS/NTFS ACL instead of UID, GID, file permission bits, and POSIX ACL as user
       authentication model. This is the most common authentication model for CIFS servers and is
       the one used by Windows.

       Support for this requires both CIFS_XATTR and CIFS_ACL support in the CIFS configuration
       options when building the cifs module.

       A CIFS/NTFS ACL is mapped to file permission bits using an algorithm specified in the
       following Microsoft TechNet document:


       In order to map SIDs to/from UIDs and GIDs, the following is required:

       ·   a kernel upcall to the cifs.idmap utility set up via request-key.conf(5)

       ·   winbind support configured via nsswitch.conf(5) and smb.conf(5)

       Please refer to the respective manpages of cifs.idmap(8) and winbindd(8) for more

       Security descriptors for a file object can be retrieved and set directly using extended
       attribute named system.cifs_acl. The security descriptors presented via this interface are
       "raw" blobs of data and need a userspace utility to either parse and format or to assemble
       it such as getcifsacl(8) and setcifsacl(8) respectively.

       Some of the things to consider while using this mount option:

       ·   There may be an increased latency when handling metadata due to additional requests to
           get and set security descriptors.

       ·   The mapping between a CIFS/NTFS ACL and POSIX file permission bits is imperfect and
           some ACL information may be lost in the translation.

       ·   If either upcall to cifs.idmap is not setup correctly or winbind is not configured and
           running, ID mapping will fail. In that case uid and gid will default to either to
           those values of the share or to the values of uid and/or gid mount options if


       The core CIFS protocol does not provide unix ownership information or mode for files and
       directories. Because of this, files and directories will generally appear to be owned by
       whatever values the uid= or gid= options are set, and will have permissions set to the
       default file_mode and dir_mode for the mount. Attempting to change these values via
       chmod/chown will return success but have no effect.

       When the client and server negotiate unix extensions, files and directories will be
       assigned the uid, gid, and mode provided by the server. Because CIFS mounts are generally
       single-user, and the same credentials are used no matter what user accesses the mount,
       newly created files and directories will generally be given ownership corresponding to
       whatever credentials were used to mount the share.

       If the uid´s and gid´s being used do not match on the client and server, the forceuid and
       forcegid options may be helpful. Note however, that there is no corresponding option to
       override the mode. Permissions assigned to a file when forceuid or forcegid are in effect
       may not reflect the the real permissions.

       When unix extensions are not negotiated, it´s also possible to emulate them locally on the
       server using the "dynperm" mount option. When this mount option is in effect, newly
       created files and directories will receive what appear to be proper permissions. These
       permissions are not stored on the server however and can disappear at any time in the
       future (subject to the whims of the kernel flushing out the inode cache). In general, this
       mount option is discouraged.

       It´s also possible to override permission checking on the client altogether via the noperm
       option. Server-side permission checks cannot be overriden. The permission checks done by
       the server will always correspond to the credentials used to mount the share, and not
       necessarily to the user who is accessing the share.


       The variable USER may contain the username of the person to be used to authenticate to the
       server. The variable can be used to set both username and password by using the format

       The variable PASSWD may contain the password of the person using the client.

       The variable PASSWD_FILE may contain the pathname of a file to read the password from. A
       single line of input is read and used as the password.


       This command may be used only by root, unless installed setuid, in which case the noeexec
       and nosuid mount flags are enabled. When installed as a setuid program, the program
       follows the conventions set forth by the mount program for user mounts.

       Some samba client tools like smbclient(8) honour client-side configuration parameters
       present in smb.conf. Unlike those client tools, mount.cifs ignores smb.conf completely.


       The primary mechanism for making configuration changes and for reading debug information
       for the cifs vfs is via the Linux /proc filesystem. In the directory /proc/fs/cifs are
       various configuration files and pseudo files which can display debug information. There
       are additional startup options such as maximum buffer size and number of buffers which
       only may be set when the kernel cifs vfs (cifs.ko module) is loaded. These can be seen by
       running the modinfo utility against the file cifs.ko which will list the options that may
       be passed to cifs during module installation (device driver load). For more information
       see the kernel file fs/cifs/README.


       Mounting using the CIFS URL specification is currently not supported.

       The credentials file does not handle usernames or passwords with leading space.

       Note that the typical response to a bug report is a suggestion to try the latest version
       first. So please try doing that first, and always include which versions you use of
       relevant software when reporting bugs (minimum: mount.cifs (try mount.cifs -V), kernel
       (see /proc/version) and server type you are trying to contact.


       This man page is correct for version 1.74 of the cifs vfs filesystem (roughly Linux kernel


       Documentation/filesystems/cifs.txt and fs/cifs/README in the linux kernel source tree may
       contain additional options and information.



       Steve French

       The syntax and manpage were loosely based on that of smbmount. It was converted to
       Docbook/XML by Jelmer Vernooij.

       The maintainer of the Linux cifs vfs and the userspace tool mount.cifs is Steve French.
       The Linux CIFS Mailing list is the preferred place to ask questions regarding these