[ubuntu-users] Confused over CIFS

Matthew Flaschen matthew.flaschen at gatech.edu
Mon Jan 12 08:10:41 UTC 2009

Christopher Chan wrote:
> 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

That's what separate interface means.  If they had the same interface,
they would have the same options.

> nor supported the same features.

The featureset here is the featureset of cifs, since mount.cifs is what
is ultimately called.

>> 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.

You explained no such thing.  You said "yes they are" separate
implementations (in Hardy).

Matt Flaschen

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