libsmbclient: Browsing and a URI spec?
Christopher R. Hertel
crh at nts.umn.edu
Mon Jan 1 23:39:49 GMT 2001
> > On Mon, 1 Jan 2001, Christopher R. Hertel wrote:
> > > config file. If no such default were specified, then the starting point
> > > would be smb://.
> > However, one of the advantages of using URL-like syntax is that it allows
> > integration of SMB file browsing into more general-purpose applications.
> > Starting browsing operations at the default workgroup level isn't necessarily
> > appropriate for something like midnight commander, even though it's
> > reasonable to want to integrate SMB-awareness into such applications.
> I don't understand. I would think it's ideal for something like Midnight
> Commander. By default, users would probably want to browse the servers
> of their workgroup, yes? Presumably this would be specified in your
On a Windows box, you configure your default workgroup or domain along
with your machine name, etc. It is part of the system configuration. For
applications built on libsmbclient, it is really a user configuration.
Perhaps an individual user will want to consistently be within a given
workgroup, so the .smbc or .smb.conf file would be read to supply the
default. How that is used is probably an application issue.
Could be wrong, though.
> Incidentally I'm sure it would be more than reasonable to want to enable
> Midnight Commander with smb functionality. I believe it is the foundation
> of the default GNOME file manager 'gmc' which IMO is right on the money
> as far as the type of applications we've been pondering.
The KDE file manager has partial smb support, provided by Nicolas Brodu
using his own libsmb++. Last I heard, however, Nicolas' situation had
changed and he was no longer able to spend time to support the work. This
would be a good thing for someone on this list to pick up.
Christopher R. Hertel -)----- University of Minnesota
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