In Snow Leopard I was able to mount a subfolder of a Samba share directly using a path like the following in the "Connect to Server" Finder dialog:


Using that would create a mount in [/Volumes] with the name "togo". It was great for me since at my work we have several servers with the same share name that I need to be connected to simultaneously. I can no longer do this in OS X Lion.

What happens instead is I get several mounts named like "someshare", "someshare-1", "someshare-2", etc. Using the same path just mounts the share, not the subfolder.

Is there any way around this?

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One can use mount_smbfs in the Terminal to do this. However, a directory for the mount must first be created. Luckily, running umount removes that directory. But this is at least a starting point to create a better system.


$ mkdir /Volumes/togo
$ mount_smbfs smb://someserver/someshare/where/i/really/want/togo /Volumes/togo


$ umount /Volumes/togo

Of course, unmounting should work fine through the finder.

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    This works, but is a pain. It would be great if this could be automated in some way.
    – donut
    Feb 21, 2012 at 17:00

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