Ubuntu 12.10 - Unable to mount network drive

Asked by Paul Hunt on 2012-10-23


I have a LAN HDD attached to my network. I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 on an old(ish) HP Compaq machine. Everything works apart from the fact that I cannot figure out how to mount the network drive automatically on start up and to specify the location in Ubuntu's directory structure to which the drive maps.

To clarify, I can mount the LAN HDD device and the shared directory using the GUI - all is well. But, I do not know where the shared directory on the LAN HDD is located in Ubuntu's directory structure. This means, of course, that I cannot write scripts that work upon the shared directory.

I have spent today trying every solution that I can find. The one that gives the fewest error messages is:

gvfs-mount smb://STORAGE/Paul /home/paul/Storage_Paul

The error I get with this is something to the effect that the location does not support mounting.

For clarity:
STORAGE is the device name of the LAN HDD
Paul is the shared directory on the LAN HDD
/home/paul/Storage_Paul is where I would like to find the shared directory in Ubuntu's directory structure (Although I'm not that fussed where it ends up so long as I can find it and access files on it using a script.)

I hope that you will be able to help.



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If you run:

smbtree; lsb_release -a; uname -a

What is output?


Paul Hunt (paul-hunt99) said : #2

Hello Andrew,

Thanks for the response.

This is what I get:



No LSB modules are available.

Distributor ID: Ubuntu

Description: Ubuntu 12.10

Release: 12.10

Codename: quantal

Linux paul-HP-Compaq-nx6325-EY345EA-ABU 3.5.0-17-generic #28-Ubuntu SMP Tue Oct 9 19:32:08 UTC 2012 i686 athlon i686 GNU/Linux

The LENOVO is another machine on my network and STORAGE is the LAN HDD device.

Any use?



Paul Hunt (paul-hunt99) said : #3

Hello Andrew,

Some more information:

I've discovered where the shared volumes get mounted by the GUI:


It took a bit of finding.

The shared volumes appear in that directory as follows:


Note that I attached using the IP address because although using the name STORAGE works, using the IP address appears to be more reliable.

I've written a script that runs at start-up to mount the shared volumes. The script is along these lines:

cd /run/user/paul/gvfs
gvfs-mount smb://

That's more-or-less the problem sorted out but it all seems messy to me. I'd rather be able to mount the shared volumes where I want them with names that I like.

If you can suggest something neater I'd be very interested. I'm sure that the above is not the best way of going about things.



Paul Hunt (paul-hunt99) said : #4

See my related question 213004.

Mounting in the usual way rather than using gvfs did the trick.