nasmount

Mounting File Share from Terminal

After three days of hacking together mount commands finally my NAS is connected so that it can be accessed from terminal.

The script’s purpose is to mount a networked attached file store using terminal with the correct read and write attributes.

1:  ################################################################  
2:  #     Author       :   Robert Lutken                       
3:  #     E-mail  :      rolandroid117@gmail.com                 
4:  #     Date   :      Sat, 15-02-2014                      
5:  #     File Name :     nasmount.sh                      
6:  #     Purpose  :      To connect to NAS                 
7:  #     Version      :      1.0                           
8:  #     Notes   :     Unsecure version should not be used in       
9:  #               volitile domains                 
10:  #                                          
11:  #################################################################  
12:    
13:  #!/bin/bash  
14:    
15:  ## The user name of the account on remote device i.e. admin   
16:  username=yourusername  
17:    
18:  ## The Password of the user's account on remote device  
19:  password=yourpasword  
20:    
21:    
22:  ## The source location of the server and the share directory.  
23:  ## In order to mount you should ensure that /etc/nsswitch.conf apears as so:  
24:  ## hosts:     files mdns4_minimal wins [NOTFOUND=return] dns mdns4   
25:  ## The order is important !   
26:  ## and that winsbind is installed -> sudo apt-get install winbind  
27:  ##  
28:  ## If it isn't then you may use the IP address of the local server  
29:    
30:  mountSRC=//nameofserver/sharedirectory  
31:    
32:  ## The local directory of where the shared folder should be mounted i.e. /mnt/myshare.   
33:  ## This will need to be created i.e. sudo mkdir /mnt/myshare  
34:  mountDST=/wheretomount/share  
35:    
36:  ## Finally the command that put's it all together with relvent read and write permissions.  
37:  sudo mount -t cifs $mountSRC $mountDST -o username=$username,password=$password,iocharset=utf8,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777  
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39:    

There is however an inherent security issue with this script as it stores passwords in plain text.

I would recommend that the use of a credentials file is used :

sudo nano $HOME/Desktop/CIFSCRED  

All this file should contain is :

 username=yourusername  
 password=yourpassword  
 domain=servername  
   

Press CTRL+X and enter Y and Return to save

The file should then be restricted by using :

sudo chmod 0440 $HOME/Desktop/CIFSPWD  

Finally the original script can be updated to

1:  ################################################################  
2:  #     Author       :   Robert Lutken                       
3:  #     E-mail  :      rolandroid117@gmail.com                 
4:  #     Date   :      Sat, 15-02-2014                      
5:  #     File Name :     nasmount.sh                      
6:  #     Purpose  :      To connect to NAS                 
7:  #     Version      :      1.                           
8:  #     Notes   :     This version uses a credentials file  
9:  #               which should be secured using :  
10:  #  
11:  #               sudo chmod 0440 myPasswordFile                           
12:  #                                          
13:  #################################################################  
14:    
15:  #!/bin/bash   
16:    
17:  myCredentials=$HOME/Desktop/CIFSPWD  
18:    
19:  ## The source location of the server and the share directory.  
20:  ## In order to mount you should ensure that /etc/nsswitch.conf apears as so:  
21:  ## hosts:     files mdns4_minimal wins [NOTFOUND=return] dns mdns4   
22:  ## The order is important !   
23:  ## and that winsbind is installed -> sudo apt-get install winbind  
24:  ##  
25:  ## If it isn't then you may use the IP address of the local server  
26:    
27:  mountSRC=//nameofserver/sharedirectory  
28:    
29:  ## The local directory of where the shared folder should be mounted i.e. /mnt/myshare.   
30:  ## This will need to be created i.e. sudo mkdir /mnt/myshare  
31:  mountDST=/wheretomount/share  
32:    
33:  ## Finally the command that put's it all together with relvent read and write permissions.  
34:  sudo mount -t cifs $mountSRC $mountDST -o credentials=$myCredentials,iocharset=utf8,file_mode=0777,dir_mode=0777  
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nasmount
nasmount.sh