Confused over CIFS

Derek Broughton derek at
Mon Jan 12 21:00:46 UTC 2009

NoOp wrote:

> On 01/12/2009 12:53 AM, Christopher Chan wrote:

>> 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.
> Ummm... not sure who's right or wrong in all of this, but for what it's
> worth here's what I've dug up:

Me neither, but it seems to me "just a wrapper" and "different 
implementations" are not necessarily completely incompatible.

In Ubuntu 8.10, I guarantee "mount.smbfs" is, indeed, just a wrapper around 
"mount.cifs".  The last line of the _script_ mount.smbfs is:

> exec /sbin/mount.cifs "${args[@]}"

Which doesn't mean that "smbfs" is not a completely or largely different 
implementation - it just means the actual implementation of smbfs has been 
removed from Ubuntu.

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