Accessing a server directory


At my university, I have a home directory located on the main university server. To access this directory, I have been given some instructions which will mount the server on my local machine, and create a directory on my machine which is symbolic link to my home directory on the server. These instructions are:

sudo mount.cifs //{server.university.extension} {path_to_local_directory} -o username={username},password={password},domain={domain},uid={username}

Whilst I do not fully understand the above, when I replace the information inside the curly brackets with the required information, this works and creates a local directory which I can use to access the network directory.

However, what I actually want to do, is to access that directory from the command line. One way of doing this would be to navigate to my local directory, and act as if that was the network directory. But this seems a little inefficient. So is there a way to connect directly to the server directory, without mounting it on my local machine?

---------------Answer---------------

The method you described where you access the local directory is the way that samba facilitates network access.

Keep in mind that in linux, everything is a file of some sort. Even your cpu and ram have "files" under /dev.


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