[2.6 patch] remove smbfs

David Newall davidn at davidnewall.com
Thu Jan 31 02:03:29 GMT 2008

Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> On Jan 30 2008 12:53, Steve French wrote:
>> I have mounted to Windows98 a few months ago with no problems (other
>> than a few restrictions like you can't set the file times via utimes).
>> For mounts to Windows98 note that you have to specify the server
>> netbios name on the mount (since it is not the same as the DNS name).
>> In your example your would need to specify "servernetbiosname=WIN98"
>> in the mount options (until mount.cifs autoretries with
>> servernetbiosname assumed to be the beginning of the UNC name - note
>> that later servers have a dummy netbios name that is used so this
>> mount option is only needed for OS/2 and Win9x).
> Ok that works. I had tried "netbiosname" but not "servernetbiosname"
> (only fuzzy memories from the last win98 encounter and the suggestion
> to use netbiossomething).

Apparently CIFS lacks an adequate man page (otherwise Jan would have
discovered servernetbiosname for himself.)  That's sufficient reason to
keep smbfs, and just to be radical, why not remove cifs until it's
properly documented?  Man pages are essential.

(Listens for howls.)

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