Posted on 09-18-2019 01:30 PM
I've searched around google, JAMFNation, GitHub, StackExchange, even MacScripter and archives of MacHints, but I cannot find a solution to my problem.
I have a client that wants an SMB share to automatically mount, when a user navigates to a specific path. And I am stuck.
I can do this with NFS shares using AutoFS a la:
Autofs on Mac OS X
Albeit my way is a bit more dynamic, but the concept is the same. But if I try to use SMB the share gets mounted as root and the user can't browse the share. Which leads me to try it with a Launch Agent.
I can kind of mount an SMB share via launchd using a LaunchAgent and WatchPaths as a trigger like this:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd"> <plist version="1.0"> <dict> <key>Label</key> <string>com.company.autotest01</string> <key>LimitLoadToSessionType</key> <string>Aqua</string> <key>WatchPaths</key> <array> <string>/net/test01</string> </array> <key>ProgramArguments</key> <array> <string>mount -t smbfs -o soft,noowners,nodev //server/test01 /net/test01</string> </array> <key>OnDemand</key> <true/> </dict> </plist>
The program arguments can also be a script but for brevities sake I just put the one liner in there. This actually kinda works. But there are two problems, WatchPaths doesn't trigger the mount unless I run
touch /net/test01, once I do touch the path the mount will keep coming back even when I unmount the share and navigate away from the path.
Everything else I can find is about mounting a share on login, which is both trivial and not what I need to do.
I need a way to mount an SMB share when a user navigates to a folder, much like autofs can, but with the unique ability to mount the share as the current user like a LaunchAgent can. Maybe some fusion of the two?
Does anyone have any ideas about how I can do what I am describing?
EDIT: Adding some more info about what I've looked into.
... network shares mounted automatically at login without the finder popping up or passwords stored ...
This is a great project, but again it only mounts on login. However, using the login keychain is a nice touch. We are bound to AD so I don't need that right now. Still cool though.