I've created a remote mounted drive by adding this to my /etc/fstab:

\\192.x.x.x\web /mnt/web cifs username=X,password=X,domain=X

and mounting it with sudo mount /mnt/web (which works perfectly!)

The problem is that I can only mount the drive as root. Running mount /mnt/web (without sudo) results in the error

mount: only root can mount \192.x.x.x\web on /mnt/web

I read this guide that suggests the following syntax

// /media/corpnet cifs username=johnny,domain=sealab,noauto,rw,users 0 0

When I change my entry to use this syntax like this:

\\192.x.x.x\web /mnt/web cifs username=X,password=X,domain=X,noauto,rw,users 0 0

and run mount /mnt/web I get

mount.cifs: permission denied: no match for /mnt/web found in /etc/fstab

I then read this question along with it's highest voted answer, but the same error appears.

I have checked that my web folder in the /mnt directory has CHMOD 775, which should be ok.

What could be wrong?

1 Answer 1


UPDATE (see the discussion on the comments):

You are typing \\ instead of //. For linux you must use // even if the network file system is running inside Windows.

The old post:

You are writing mount /mnt/web, but the directory you write in /etc/fstab was /media/corpnet so you need to write /mnt/web in /etc/fstab...

So change /media/corpnet

// /media/corpnet cifs username=johnny,domain=sealab,noauto,rw,users 0 0

To /mnt/web:

// /mnt/web cifs username=johnny,domain=sealab,noauto,rw,users 0 0

Or if you can't edit fstab change your command to mount /media/corpnet (and you must create this directory too)

Good lucky and if that works, please select this as the correct answer.

  • I am not using corpnet any place in my code. I was just quoting the syntax specified by the linked article. I'll edit my question to make this more obvious
    – Daniel
    Commented Sep 1, 2018 at 6:45
  • Now you are typing \\ instead of // for linux you must use // even if the network file system is running inside Windows. Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 12:09
  • If you are not typing \\ and this is not the real file contents consider posting the real file. Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 12:17
  • That was it! Changing \\ to // fixed my problem!
    – Daniel
    Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 20:46
  • I updated the answer with this information, please select it as the right answer. Commented Sep 3, 2018 at 20:46

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