OSX - mounting network drive identically for all users on a Mac
Posted on 2009-06-27
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.