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OSX - mounting network drive identically for all users on a Mac

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I have an iMac with 5 users (my family).  We store all of our important data on a Raid NAS box (readynas) that has a common share named 'share1'.

I have no problems mounting the network share as afp, smb, or nfs upon login....  OSX just creates a mount point something like /Volumes/share1.  The problem is that if my wife then switches users on the Mac and wants to see those same files, a new mount point is created for her named /Volumes/share1-1.  The bonus is that I can't write to /Volume/share1-1 and my wide can't write to /Volume/share1.

On the next, day, if SHE logs in first, her mount is named /Volumes/share1 and mine is /Volumes/share1-1.  (and my daughter may get /Volumes.share1-2).

I would normally be ok with this, since it's mostly transparent to the user, but there are some programs such as Picasa for OSX where this presents a problem.  it seems to remember the path of the mount point and loses its mind when the mount point path changes.

Also, any aliases that I create in our respective User folders also seem to be hard-wired to the mount point path which may change the next day depending on who logs into the Mac first.


I'd like to have a single mount point on the Mac that ALL users can access (read-write) regardless of who logged in first...

... Any ideas?  ...  Or am I doing something totally wrong here?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Check out the following link. Ignore the AD references because the ihook or scripts should still work.

http://www.ozzu.com/macintosh-forum/mac-osx-auto-mount-user-network-drive-t68618.html
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Wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but it did trigger some additional thinking that led me to the possibility of not letting OSX determine the name of the mount point for the afp shares.  If I mount the share through a script, I can name the mount point to a name containing the user name (such as "data_john" or "data_steve"  instead of "data" and "data-1" respectively).  This way, there will never be a conflict between the mount point names of multiple users.
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