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I have a shared drive called "music". It shows up in Finder without problems.

How do I access this from the command prompt on a Mac? I can't find it anywhere – is there a way to access it?

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Where is it physically located? Another partition? Another computer? NAS? Online library? What's the path? – Raystafarian Feb 29 '12 at 13:08
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If a network share is already mounted in the Finder, it will be accessible through /Volumes in a shell, e.g. if your share is called "music", you'll find it under:


If you still need to mount it, you can actually mount it wherever you like — ideally not to /Volumes, but for example on your desktop. You can use mount_smbfs to do so. The complete syntax would be like this:

mount_smbfs //[domain;][user[:password]@]server[/share] ~/Desktop/music

In your case, if you have no special login and just guest credentials, maybe the following is enough – when prompted for a password, you can just press Enter and skip it:

mkdir -p ~/Desktop/music
mount_smbfs //host/music ~/Desktop/music

… and voilà:

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If you have a user and password, you could use //user@host/music, and then enter the password interactively.

To safely unmount it, just call the following:

umount ~/Desktop/music/
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When I try this I get: mount_smbfs: server connection failed: Cannot allocate memory – Rooster242 Aug 30 '13 at 3:25

I have to test this on my Mac, but this article explains using the smbclient to execute what you need.

Take a look over here.

In a nutshell:

$ smbclient -U user -I -L //smbshare/
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