[ubuntu-users] Confused over CIFS

Preston Kutzner shizzlecash at gmail.com
Mon Jan 12 02:16:04 UTC 2009


On Jan 11, 2009, at 1:02 AM, Matthew Flaschen wrote:
>
> It appears smbmount/mount.smbfs is actually just a thin wrapper around
> mount.cifs.  Can you give a reason to use one over the other?

This, in particular.  SMBFS is deprecated and unsupported by the Samba  
team.  CIFS is now the way to go.
https://bugzilla.samba.org/show_bug.cgi?id=1920

>
>
>> When you want to unmount, just do:
>>
>> sudo umount /<mount>/<point>
>
> This is a wrapper around umount.cifs.

Right, but mount / umount is a more consistent way of mounting shares,  
even remote shares.  Yes, it's a "wrapper" for other mount commands,  
but only one command needs to be remembered.  Regardless, smbmount and  
smbumount are there for backward compatibility at this point and  
should be avoided in favor of cifs.  If you wish to use a specific  
mount command, use mount.cifs.
>
>
>> You can either try to find a Windows rsync "server" application,
>
> As I already said, there are several, including cwrsync which is
> actively maintained.
>
> Matt Flaschen
>
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