[clug-talk] smb4k for ftp/nfs

Mitchell Brown mbgb14 at gmail.com
Wed May 31 11:06:42 PDT 2006


>
> For me, I use command
> line tools to mount samba directories (all I have to do is type mount
> /path/to/mountpoint) and the samba share is simply another directory on
> my computer.


How do you do this? I tried

mount smb://brown2/srv /srv
mount smb:\\brown2\srv /srv

and a bunch of other things -but they didn't work. Can you explain?


On 5/31/06, Gustin Johnson <gustin at echostar.ca> wrote:
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> NFS mounts a remote directory to a local one.  For me, I use command
> line tools to mount samba directories (all I have to do is type mount
> /path/to/mountpoint) and the samba share is simply another directory on
> my computer.  I then use cd, mv, like I would for any
> other file.  Konqueror also works as expected.
>
> Konqueror also has a number of things that it can handle natively.  From
> the address bar, type fish://username@hostname and you can browse a
> remote computer over ssh, by pointing and clicking.  I know
> sftp://username@hostname works, so I imagine ftp://username@hostname
> works as well (I no longer support ftp, so I did not test this)
>
> As for NFS, it is different from samba.  It is designed to be mounted
> like any other partition, in this case the partition does not happen to
> be local.  To make a long story short, given the way NFS works, it makes
> an smb4k-like application pointless.
>
> Samba is a big topic.  I have just bought the "Samba-3 By Example" book
> (ISBN 0-13-188221-x) because I don't know enough about it, and I use it
> everyday.
>
> Anyway, samba can be configured to be a PDC, member of a domain, or just
> a computer with some shares.  This is the short short version.  All you
> should need to do is smbpasswd -a username to create a user with a
> password.  Then all you have to worry about is the usual user/file
> permissions.
>
>
>
>
> Mitchell Brown wrote:
> > Thanks Gustin :) Always a pleasure to read your responses :)
> > I guess I can use Samba, yeah, but, just for future reference, is there
> > something like this for FTP at all?
> >
> > PS: I'm not sure how to setup usernames and passwords for
> > files/folders/printers/resources on my box. Do I need a "Primary domain
> > controller" to do that? Sounds expensive :-/
> >
> > On 5/28/06, *Gustin Johnson* <gustin at echostar.ca
> > <mailto:gustin at echostar.ca>> wrote:
> >
> > 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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