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

Sergio Conde Gómez sconde at
Fri Sep 30 13:22:05 MDT 2011

El 30/09/2011 19:41, Jeremy Allison escribió:
> 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.

Uhm... I dont see the way for returning file contents, for example, or 
things like that so I want to ask something, is there any updated 
documentation or any example about implementing external file-systems? 
Should I use Transparent or Opaque...

I'm using this docs:

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