Samba VFS: Is it really a Virtual File System API?

Jeremy Allison jra at
Fri Sep 30 11:41:23 MDT 2011

On Fri, Sep 30, 2011 at 03:21:58PM +0200, Sergio Conde Gómez wrote:
> Hi,
> I were searching a way for sharing through samba an online disk
> space from a provider that gives an https based API without mounting
> or syncing the files on the computer that runs the samba server.
> I have discovered Samba VFS but the developer documentation is old,
> its dated 2003, and I don't know if Samba VFS works as an API for
> creating Virtual File Systems and sharing them or only for extending
> capabilities of existing file systems.
> If Samba VFS is not the way but that can be done with Samba, can
> anyone send me in the right direction? (I don't care if I have to
> develop a module for samba if there is an API).

Samba VFS can be used to create a file system out of thin air :-),
not just extend an existing filesystem as all calls from the
upper layer code go through it.

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