[clug-talk] smb4k for ftp/nfs

Gustin Johnson gustin at echostar.ca
Sun May 28 22:36:37 PDT 2006


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Mitchell Brown wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> I was wondering, what is (if any) the equivalent of smb4k for FTP and
> NFS mounts?
> I want to connect my server to my workstation under /home/mbrown/srv and
> then
> tell Picasa and Amarok to scan that folder (as I store all my music and
> stuff on the
> server). Sure, I could use Samba, but I find it. Well. Windows-ish.
> Slow. Insecure.
> Lack of configurability (is that a word?).
> 
> Thanks.

Actually I use samba for exactly this purpose, mostly because it is
*more* secure and reliable than NFS.  Also NFS has issues over a
wireless network whereas samba (CIFS) just flies.  NFS can be made to
run over TCP, which helps improve performance over a wireless link, but
in my tests it has a higher CPU load and lower actual throughput than samba.

There is a more secure derivative of NFS called sfs, but I found samba
easier to configure and deploy.

Also, the convenience  of having the odd Windows box mount shares is
nice too (I use Linux almost everywhere I have a choice, except on one
machine).
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