[ubuntu-users] Confused over CIFS

Christopher Chan christopher.chan at bradbury.edu.hk
Mon Jan 12 08:53:24 UTC 2009

>>> 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).

Heh. Did I not now? You asked the OP about the version of Ubuntu. That 
question was never answered. Nowhere was Hardy brought into the thread 
except for my post where I said:

"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."

So there being no previous mention of Hardy, talk about smbfs and cifs 
modules has not been clearly limited to what is available only on Hardy.
You said: "The mount.smbfs in Ubuntu is just a wrapper over mount.cifs."

I, therefore, feel free to point out that smbfs and cifs are different 
modules and different implementations in previous kernels which I point 
out in the second paragraph in the quotation above because that would 
the case in versions of Ubuntu before Hardy.

People have been burned already using smbfs syntax in Hardy so you 
cannot really call mount.smbfs a 'separate interface'. It looks more 
like a half-baked wrapper attempt at backwards compatibility.

You can go on and try to spin this all you like. I did point out that 
Hardy only has the cifs module, that there was a smbfs module and that 
should be available in 7.x versions of Ubuntu (okay, this is not 
particularly clear but Hardy being '8.x' should have got the message 

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