CIFS: Deprecating NFS mounting syntax in mount.cifs

Scott Lovenberg scott.lovenberg at
Tue Oct 23 09:56:21 MDT 2012

On 10/18/2012 2:07 PM, scott.lovenberg at wrote:
> This patch adds a warning when using NFS mounting syntax (server:/share), instead of the usual UNC syntax (//server/share || \\server\share), that support for NFS style mounts will be removed in version 6.0 of the mount.cifs utility.
> The reasoning for this is simple.  Support for NFS syntax is undocumented and increases maintenance overhead.  This came up recently on the cifs-utils list when discussing how to handle mounting a share NFS style using an IPv6 address. Since the ':' character is valid in a POSIX file path or share name it is an ambiguous delimiter.  Consider the following valid server share : "dead:beef::1:iSCSIExportedByIQN:storage".
> Instead of adding complicated code to the parser to support an undocumented feature, we're optin
> g to remove the feature in the mount utility in version 6.0 if there is no objection.
Jeff, it's been a few days and no one has objected (or really said 
anything).  Can we merge this patch?

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