Confused over CIFS

NoOp glgxg at
Mon Jan 12 21:09:23 UTC 2009

On 01/12/2009 01:00 PM, Derek Broughton wrote:
> 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.

It's the same in Hardy:
$ cat /sbin/mount.smbfs
exec /sbin/mount.cifs "${args[@]}"


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