Need help with Webdav and .gvfs

Bill Moseley moseley at
Wed Jan 14 18:18:08 UTC 2009

I've got webdav setup on Apache2.  I can use the Gnome file browser
and go to:


and I can drag files too and from my desktop to the webdav folder, for

But, I cannot edit files "in place" -- I can right-click and open in,
say, gvim, and the path might look like:

    ~/.gvfs/WebDav on host/user/foo.txt

Should I be able to directly open webdav files and edit and save back?
Or do I have to copy them local first?

Another odd thing is if I create a new file (right click Create
Document/Create Folder) *then* try and rename it I get an error

    The item could not be renamed.
    Sorr, could not rename "foo" to "bar":
    The specified location is not mounted

Yes, the file *is* actually renamed on disk!

Is just just buggy gvfs or do I have something configured incorrectly?

My apache config is pretty simple:

<VirutalHost [ip]>
    ServerName <hostname>

    # Not sure I need the lock
    DavLockDB dav/DavLock

    Alias /webdav/ "/usr/local/webdav/"

    <Directory /usr/local/webdav>
        DAV on
        AuthType Basic
        AuthName "WebDav Storage"
        AuthUserFile /etc/apache2/passwd/passwd.dav
        Require valid-user

        Options +Indexes
        Allow from all

    # User-specific directories
    <Directory /usr/local/webdav/bill>
        require user bill


Bill Moseley
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