mount-cifs has been the way to mount samba shares without installing samba and as many samba users would know, it is heavily outdated and hasn’t been updated in a while.
So recently I’ve added net-fs/cifs-utils which is precisely a replacement for mounting SMB/CIFS shares on Linux and I encourage you that you try it instead of the old mount-cifs, as it will become the future way to mount shares without samba. Currently it has only ~x86 and ~amd64 keywords but I’ll look forward to ask to the good arch-teams boys to match keywords of mount-cifs.
Currently, the releases 3.0 , 3.2, 3.4 and 3.5 of samba are available in Gentoo, but upstream has discontinued releases 3.0 and 3.2 for a while, and currently they are actively maintaining 3.4 and 3.5 .
For the above reason and in order to avoid security issues, I’m planning to drop releases 3.0 and 3.2 from the tree soon, but I’m interested in to know why you, fellow users, are using those old releases. Haven’t you updated your system? Perhaps something is not working right for you with currently stable samba 3.4?
Let me know your thoughts