Browsing a Windows shared directory?

Eric Barnes ebarnes at
Sun Nov 16 16:40:03 UTC 2003

Try smbclient -L [ip address of host] -U [valid user name on host] to
get a list of shares on (B).  If you don't get anywhere, then you may
need to edit /etc/smb.conf.

If you do get a list of shares, then try:

mount -t smbfs //[server name]/[share name] [directory to mount to]

For instance, let's say your (B) box is called windoze and it has a
share called home.  You'd create a directory on your Linux box ( usually
in the /mnt directory) called /mnt/here.  Your mount command would be

mount -t smbfs //windoze/home /mnt/here

If everything goes well, you should be able to run a directory of
/mnt/here and see you're windows files.

Let me know if you need more help.

Good luck.

On Sun, 2003-11-16 at 10:43, Bryan Anderson wrote:
> Doug B wrote:
> > I see it's an XP box.  If the shared directories are ntfs then you won't
> > be able to read them with a default RH install. Last time I checked, RH
> > did not enable NTFS.  Plenty of threads and info on this by searching.
> I have two PC's on a network. One PC (A) has an ntfs partition for 
> windows xp, linux partitions for fedora and a fat32 partition for all my 
> data.
> The other pc (B) has two fat32 partitions - one for windows xp and one 
> for shared data over the network.
> I want to be able to access the shared fat32 directory on (B) when I am 
> using linux on (A).
> I know that I can't read the ntfs partition on (A) while I am logged 
> into linux on (A) but then I don't want to.
> Bryan Anderson.
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