libsmbclient: Browsing and a URI spec?

Simo Sorce simo.sorce at
Tue Jan 2 10:41:34 GMT 2001

On Mon, 1 Jan 2001, Christopher R. Hertel wrote:

> Mike,
> > > 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
> > .smbc?
> 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.

As a sysadmin I must say that a system wide configuration is a must in
many situation (corporate/school users)
this kind of users should not/are not able to mess with the configuration.

> > 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.
> Chris -)-----

Simo Sorce - Integrazione Sistemi Unix/Windows - Politecnico di Milano
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