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- This is the client VFS module for the Common Internet File System
- (CIFS) protocol which is the successor to the Server Message Block
- (SMB) protocol, the native file sharing mechanism for most early
- PC operating systems. CIFS is fully supported by current network
- file servers such as Windows 2000, Windows 2003 (including
- Windows XP) as well by Samba (which provides excellent CIFS
- server support for Linux and many other operating systems), so
- this network filesystem client can mount to a wide variety of
- servers. The smbfs module should be used instead of this cifs module
- for mounting to older SMB servers such as OS/2. The smbfs and cifs
- modules can coexist and do not conflict. The CIFS VFS filesystem
- module is designed to work well with servers that implement the
- newer versions (dialects) of the SMB/CIFS protocol such as Samba,
- the program written by Andrew Tridgell that turns any Unix host
- into a SMB/CIFS file server.
- The intent of this module is to provide the most advanced network
- file system function for CIFS compliant servers, including better
- POSIX compliance, secure per-user session establishment, high
- performance safe distributed caching (oplock), optional packet
- signing, large files, Unicode support and other internationalization
- improvements. Since both Samba server and this filesystem client support
- the CIFS Unix extensions, the combination can provide a reasonable
- alternative to NFSv4 for fileserving in some Linux to Linux environments,
- not just in Linux to Windows environments.
- This filesystem has an optional mount utility (mount.cifs) that can
- be obtained from the project page and installed in the path in the same
- directory with the other mount helpers (such as mount.smbfs).
- Mounting using the cifs filesystem without installing the mount helper
- requires specifying the server's ip address.
- For Linux 2.4:
- mount //anything/here /mnt_target -o
- user=username,pass=password,unc=//ip_address_of_server/sharename
- For Linux 2.5:
- mount //ip_address_of_server/sharename /mnt_target -o user=username, pass=password
- For more information on the module see the project page at
- For more information on CIFS see:
- or the Samba site: