smbfs - CIFS/SMB file system


The smbfs file system allows you to mount CIFS shares that are exported
from Windows or compatible systems. SMB is the historical name for the
CIFS protocol, which stands for Server Message Block and is more commonly
used in technical contexts.

The smbfs file system permits ordinary UNIX applications to change
directory into an smbfs mount and perform simple file and directory
operations. Supported operations include open(2), close(2), read(2),
write(2), rename(2), rm(1), mkdir(1), rmdir(1), and ls(1).


Some local UNIX file systems (for example UFS) have features that are not
supported by smbfs. These include:

+o No mapped-file access because mmap(2) returns ENOSYS.

+o Locking is local only and is not sent to the server.

The following are limitations in the CIFS protocol:

+o unlink(2) or rename(2) of open files returns Er EBUSY .

+o rename(2) of extended attribute files returns EINVAL.

+o Creation of files with any of the following illegal characters
returns EINVAL: colon (:), backslash (\), slash (/), asterisk
(*), question mark (?), double quote ("), less than (<), greater
than (>), and vertical bar (|).

+o chmod(2) and chown(2) settings are silently discarded.

+o Links are not supported.

+o Symbolic links are not supported.

+o mknod(2) is not supported. (Only file and directory objects are

The current smbfs implementation does not support multi-user mounts.
Instead, each Unix user needs to make their own private mount points.

Currently, all access through an smbfs mount point uses the Windows
credentials established by the user that ran the mount(8) command.
Normally, permissions on smbfs mount points should be 0700 to prevent Unix
users from using each others' Windows credentials. See the dirperms option
to mount_smbfs(8) for details regarding how to control smbfs mount point

An important implication of this limitation is that system-wide mounts,
such as those made using /etc/vfstab or automount maps are only useful in
cases where access control is not a concern, such as for public read-only




smbutil(1), nsmbrc(5), attributes(7), mount(8), mount_smbfs(8)

OmniOS September 9, 2009 OmniOS