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I use Ubuntu for my daily work. Rest of my team members use Windows. So I end up using samba for all filesharing.

Many times, I need to do some stuff on the terminal window … like grep or find-replace using sed or some log file analysis. I have a tough time mounting these shares in fstab … its a pain.

I no longer undergo any such pain. I recently discovered that when I access the samba shares via Nautilus, it does all
the mounting itself. All I need to know is the mount point in the local filesystem.

It is ~/.gvfs

I am overjoyed !