[ubuntu-users] Confused over CIFS

Christopher Chan christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Mon Jan 12 03:33:34 UTC 2009

Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> Preston Kutzner wrote:
>> 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.
> The mount.smbfs in Ubuntu is just a wrapper over mount.cifs.  They are
> not separate implementations, just separate interfaces.

Oh yes they are.

Hardy kernels no longer have the smbfs module. They only have the cifs 
module. They are separate implementations.

smbfs does not support sec= and has been DROPPED from the mainline 
kernel. It does not even enjoy deprecated status now. But it did exist 
and you will still find in 7.x I believe.

cifs is the only module available going forward from now but nobody has 
updated documentation or made it know that smbfs ain't around anymore 
and some specific smbfs behaviour that the cifs does not support has 
already bitten a few.

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