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SAMBA – mount error 113 = No route to host

By Dale Reagan | August 24, 2008

8/2010 – update – Chances are that the system(s) that display this error are either older versions of Linux or older versions of the Samba suite – I have not seen this problem in months (running FC13 and latest version of Samba using Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7…)¬† Of course, your mileage may vary… ūüôā

I had a working¬†network setup¬†with 3 machines (2 Linux boxes & a WinXP box) sharing files just fine.¬† The power went out (during a file transfer of course!)¬† When I cranked back up the machine that I was copying from could no long ‘see’ the source machine.¬†¬† Using the tool¬† ‘smbtree’ I only see the shares from two machines, instead of from three.¬† Also, any attempt to mount a previously working share no longer worked.¬† The error that I was getting when using SAMBA I was:

mount error 113 = No route to host

Hmm, searching via the Internet did not yield any direct solutions.¬† The message clearly indicates that the machine that I am working from can’t ‘see’ my target machine.¬† Ok, time for ‘testparm’ (SAMBA tool) that provides configuration as well as ‘tree’ information.

$> testparm
Load smb config files from /etc/samba/smb.conf
Processing section “[homes]”
Processing section “[printers]”
Processing section “[pix]”
Loaded services file OK.
Server role: ROLE_STANDALONE  [[ press ENTER to continue ]]

Skipping the additional information, the last line above was the¬†clue – the system was acting as a ‘Master Browser’; to disable this I changed¬† /etc/samba/smb.conf¬† (set ‘local master = no’), restarted the ndb and smb daemons and voila!¬† I can now ‘see’ and connect to the ‘missing’ system…

/etc/rc.d/init.d/smb restart
/etc/rc.d/init.d/nmb restart

Note Рit is quite possible that this messages (error 113) can have other causes Рlook for network access related items if this does not fix your connection issue.   Seems that the Netbios network options Linux РLinux work ok; add a Windows box and you may have to switch to TCP.

Well, part two of the fix to mount a SAMBA share from a WinXP machine – when a ‘name’ won’t work, use the IP address in the mount command, i.e. something like (note the ‘\‘ means to append the next line to the command – this can be quite long…):

mount_command   #1-below    #2-below   #3-below

  1. PC_Name-IP/Share name
  2. location on server to mount the share (i.e. /mnt/pc_tmp)
  3. authentication options (username=whatever,password=whatever,other_options)


mount // \

/mnt/pc_tmp -t cifs -o username=USER_NAME,password=USER_PW


mount // \

/mnt/pc_tmp -t cifs -o username=USER_NAME,password=USER_PW, \


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