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I've recently moved to OS X from Windows, and I wish to point a couple of programs towards a network share. On Windows I could open a program's Settings and enter a path as //my.network.share/path and I'm trying to find out if this is possible in OS X.

I know from this question that I can mount the network share and then point a program towards it, but Windows allows me to enter such a path without the share having been mounted. I had hoped that I could enter the network path prefixed with smb:// but OS X won't allow this.

The reason I don't want to mount the share is that it won't always be present. Therefore, I only want to require the network location when I open a specific program.

Is this possible in OS X or do I need to mount the share first?

  • "..I wish to point a couple of programs towards a network share.." & "..On Windows I could open a program's settings and enter a path.." What exactly do you mean by these? – tjt263 Dec 21 '15 at 10:59
  • For example, using Calibre for managing ebooks, and it requires a library which may be located on the local computer or a server. When setting up this library, Calibre presents a text field into which you can enter a network path. – awj Dec 21 '15 at 12:48
  • Any chance you could provide a screenshot? If you post an image, I'll try to point you towards the closest OS X equivalent or a reasonable substitute. – tjt263 Dec 21 '15 at 18:28
  • A screenshot of... the text box into which one enters the path? – awj Dec 23 '15 at 11:34
  • You have a problem which you are trying to solve. I don't fully understand the problem or the question, but I understand enough of it to know that I may be able to help you with it, provided some clarification. Take a photo or provide some kind of accurate visual representation of what you're attempting to describe so that I can actually "see" the problem for myself. Then I will try my best to help you. – tjt263 Dec 24 '15 at 6:09

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