Pseudo file system with Samba

Satish Chandra Kilaru iam.kilaru at
Thu Feb 10 18:19:09 MST 2011

Thank you. Your words are music to my ears. :-)

On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 8:17 PM, Jeremy Allison <jra at> wrote:

> On Thu, Feb 10, 2011 at 05:21:41PM -0500, Satish Chandra Kilaru wrote:
> > Hi
> >
> > I have some data (organized as folders/files) generated on the fly on
> many
> > different unix variants. I need to share this data with windows clients.
> I
> > do not want to write it to a disk and share it as this data changes
> > dynamically based on who is accessing it.
> >
> > I can not write a file system driver because this should work on OSs like
> > Linux, Solaris, HP, AIX, MAC etc... it is tedious to write FS drivers for
> > each and every platform. FUSE is not an option either as FUSE is not
> > available on some of the platforms that I need to support.
> >
> > Can this problem be solved by writing a module that Samba can use?
> >
> > This is what I am thinking. If a share is listed in smb.conf with some
> > special property, Samba understands that it is a FS that is different
> from
> > other FSs. This FS is handled by a library that I provide. Samba takes
> care
> > of SMB protocol and this library takes care of file system calls.
> >
> > Is such a thing available in Samba? If not is it a good idea to develop
> it
> > (I am volunteering to do it)?
> What you are describing already exists, and is called a Samba VFS module.
> Look into the sample VFS modules provided with your source code.
> You should be able to adapt one of the existing samples
> into something that does what you need.
> Jeremy.

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