[ubuntu-users] Confused over CIFS

Christopher Chan christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Mon Jan 12 04:50:48 UTC 2009

Matthew Flaschen wrote:
> Christopher Chan wrote:
>> 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.
> I don't think you're listening.  If you look at the /sbin/mount.smbfs
> /in Ubuntu/ (8.04 to be specific), it is a wrapper around mount.cifs.

I guess we are both not then. You cannot really say that mount.smbfs is 
a separate interface since smbfs and cifs do not share the same list of 
options nor supported the same features. It being a wrapper around 
mount.cifs yes although I personally think that they should have just 
made it say: "smbfs is no longer available, please use cifs."

> It ends:
> exec /sbin/mount.cifs "${args[@]}"
> I know historically there were two implementations, and I also know
> that's not true in Hardy.

Basically what I explained but which you did not make clear in your posts.

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