I installed cifs-utils, and can mount the remote drive using the command

sudo mount.cifs //DRIVE ~/homedir/ -o user=user,pass=pass,sec=ntlmssp

However, the user account cannot write to the mounted folder, despite the fact that there are no access restrictions on the server side after inputting the credentials.

sudo mount.cifs //DRIVE ~/homedir/ -o user=user,pass=pass,sec=ntlmssp,umask=000

still does not work.

More strangely though, attempting to run the aforementioned commands as user results in mount.cifs: command not found

What would be the correct command to mount the folder so it is writeable by user?

  • You need to specify that the user account has write access to the mount point. Read the manual page for mount.cifs Feb 14, 2015 at 20:22

1 Answer 1


To make ordinary user to operate with remote share you should add the user's id to the option like

sudo mount.cifs //DRIVE ~/homedir/ -o user=user,pass=pass,sec=ntlmssp,uid=1000,gid=46


  • uid - user id which can found in id command output
  • guid - user group id ( but in some case you'd better use plugdev group which equal 46)
  • Okay, but is there any explanation for the umask options failing to work, and the user not being able to access the mount command at all?
    – March Ho
    Feb 14, 2015 at 20:39
  • @MarchHo umask works for new files which you will made after mounting. Mounting is a system operation which allow just to administrator so did not allowed for ordinary user. More over such user is to operate just inside of his home directory.
    – Costas
    Feb 14, 2015 at 20:51

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