I am trying to mount a samba share on Ubuntu using cifs (either by an fstab entry or by just using the mount command).

My share is //hostname/data

My mountpoint is /mnt/project1

I mount using

sudo mount -t cifs -o rw,gid=123,uid=123,vers=3.0,mfsymlinks,iocharset=utf8,file_mode=0600,dir_mode-0700,username=myname //hostname/data/project1 /mnt/project1

This works and I would expect to find the contents of /data/project1/ on hostname in directory /mnt/project1

However, what I get instead is this: the directory /data/project1/ contains a subdirectory data which then contains the contents of /data/project1

Why/how can this happen and how can I avoid it?

BTW, the samba share comes from a Synology NAS

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Turns out this was my mistake really.

The mount actually works as intended, I was just confused from the wrong data being inside the mounted share.

So apparently, everything works as I expected, and - other than suggested in the other answer - it is indeed possible to mount a subdirectory and not just a whole share.

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