# adding windows share in /etc/fstab

#### jsabo

##### New Member
Hi guys

forgive me for asking this question, but i am at my wits end.
I have a windows share i want to add to my /etc/fstab file. But there is spaces in the file path and linux doesn't like the spaces, so it won't mount the filesystem.
example:
\\<server name>\path\to\file name with spaces /path/to/mount/point cifs etc...

it's the 'file name with spaces' that it won't read.
now i tried to encapsulate the path in quotes as thus:
"\\<server name>\path\to\file name with spaces" /path/to/mount/point cifs etc...
but that didn't work. Then i tried putting \040 in the spaces, but because the '\' is the same as the rest of the path, it didn't work either.

\\<server name>\path\to\file\040name\040with\040spaces /path/to/mount/point cifs etc...
So i am looking for help with this. i know there must be a way, i just can't see it.

my system is currently running RHEL 7.6

#### KGIII

##### Super Moderator
Staff member
Gold Supporter
I've never done this, so I'm *kinda* guessing. I'd try the quotes elsewhere in the line. Eg.

Code:
/path/to/"file name with spaces"

OP
J

#### jsabo

##### New Member
I've never done this, so I'm *kinda* guessing. I'd try the quotes elsewhere in the line. Eg.

Code:
/path/to/"file name with spaces"
Thanks. at this point i'll try anything. let you know if it works

#### PsychoHermit

##### Member
Using spaces in directory and file names is just wrong, it causes all kinds of problems. Just because it lets you use spaces doesn't make it a good idea. Replace the spaces with underscores.

--glenn

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#### wizardfromoz

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Moving this to Command Line.

Cheers

Wizard

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