[clug] Super Dumb question. Network filesystems: NFS, CIFS and ??? (linux Digest, Vol 88, Issue 33, Message 3)

Miles Goodhew mgoodhew at gmail.com
Sat Apr 24 05:47:44 MDT 2010

Hi Steve,

> Date: Sat, 24 Apr 2010 14:29:48 +1000
> From: steve jenkin <sjenkin at canb.auug.org.au>
> To: CLUG List <linux at lists.samba.org>
> Message-ID: <4BD273BC.80707 at canb.auug.org.au>
> Sorry to post such a blitheringly stupid question [hope it amuses some].
> What are the non-raw filesystems available over the network?

  WebDav? Can work over The Internet reasonably encrypted if you need
it to. Nevertheless I have an allergy to the amount of inappropriate
technology people have been piling on top of HTML/HTTP over the last
decade or so. WebDav works very easily on McOS (I recall that's what
"Dot Mac"/"Mobile Me" uses for its file-sharing bit). I'm vaguely
confident it works pretty straightforwardly under Linux too. As you'd
expect, it is a bit of a challenge under Windows derivatives. For
XP/Win32 there's a free closed-source tool called NetDrive that does
much of what you'd expect. It doesn't work under x64 though. I keep
hearing rumours that Win7 has this built into the OS, but I've yet to
get it to actually work. It seems to be the usual "Windows Hell" to do
with which authentication protocols it permits (i.e. those that
sharepoint server supports, presumably). I think that if you _DO_ get
it going you may still need to "over-hack" this with "subst" to get a
drive letter from a UNC path (if you need one).


Miles Goodhew,
Executive Computer Scientist

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