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SMB mounts on OS X


  • man mount
  • man mount_smbfs


SMB shares can be mounted either via Finder (Connect-to-Server) or via the command line.
The Finder is simpler but also less flexible.

Use Finder's Connect-to-Server dialogue or from the command line:
mount -t smbfs //username:password@hostname/backup /Volumes/backup

Omitting the ":password" is more secure, mount should prompt for the password.

  • + : A leading plus sign indicates that this word must be present in every object returned.
  • - : A leading minus sign indicates that this word must not be present in any row returned.
  • By default (when neither plus nor minus is specified) the word is optional, but the object that contain it will be rated higher.
  • < > : These two operators are used to change a word's contribution to the relevance value that is assigned to a row.
  • ( ) : Parentheses are used to group words into subexpressions.
  • ~ : A leading tilde acts as a negation operator, causing the word's contribution to the object relevance to be negative. It's useful for marking noise words. An object that contains such a word will be rated lower than others, but will not be excluded altogether, as it would be with the - operator.
  • * : An asterisk is the truncation operator. Unlike the other operators, it should be appended to the word, not prepended.
  • " : The phrase, that is enclosed in double quotes ", matches only objects that contain this phrase literally, as it was typed.


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