Posted Tue, 23 Sep 2003
Samba's smbmount is linux-specific, so that was out of the question. I found a project called Sharity which allows not only the root-user to mount samba shares, but users aswell. They had a Sol9/sparc package already available to me so I downloaded and installed that. It uses a daemon (run as root) to manage mounted file shares and such. What is neat and mention-worthy is a default mount of
/CIFSwhich is browseable and works the same way the "my network neighborhood" thing does in Windows. You can also set an external program to prompt for passwords, for instance if you try to
cdto a password-protected machine/share it will pop up a password dialog in a gui of your choice. Neat.
cifsmount -u [user] //machine/share /mountpointPasswords are saved by default so once you enter the password for a share it never asks you for it again.
As far as speed goes, it seems as fast as smbfs under FreeBSD or faster (I can't tell at this time: 2mbps/366mHz laptop vs 10mbit/143mHz ultra1). But as far as finding a viable solution for mounting CIFS shares under non-linux (and non-freebsd), Sharity is what you want. I'm sure it has more cool tools that I can play with, but I haven't really explored anything yet.