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NAME


smbfs - CIFS/SMB file system

DESCRIPTION


The smbfs file system allows you to mount CIFS shares that are exported
from Windows or compatible systems. SMB is the historical name for the
CIFS protocol, which stands for Server Message Block and is more commonly
used in technical contexts.


The smbfs file system permits ordinary UNIX applications to change
directory into an smbfs mount and perform simple file and directory
operations. Supported operations include open, close, read, write,
rename, delete, mkdir, rmdir and ls.

Limitations


Some local UNIX file systems (for example UFS) have features that are not
supported by smbfs. These include:

o No mapped-file access because mmap(2) returns ENOSYS.

o Locking is local only and is not sent to the server.


The following are limitations in the CIFS protocol:

o unlink() or rename() of open files returns EBUSY.

o rename() of extended attribute files returns EINVAL.

o Creation of files with any of the following illegal characters
returns EINVAL: colon (:), backslash (\), slash (/), asterisk
(*), question mark (?), double quote ("), less than (<),
greater than (>), and vertical bar (|).

o chmod and chown settings are silently discarded.

o Links are not supported.

o Symbolic links are not supported.

o mknod is not supported. (Only file and directory objects are
supported.)


The current smbfs implementation does not support multi-user mounts.
Instead, each Unix user needs to make their own private mount points.


Currently, all access through an smbfs mount point uses the Windows
credentials established by the user that ran the mount command. Normally,
permissions on smbfs mount points should be 0700 to prevent Unix users
from using each others' Windows credentials. See the dirperms option to
mount_smbfs(1M) for details regarding how to control smbfs mount point
permissions.


An important implication of this limitation is that system-wide mounts,
such as those made using /etc/vfstab or automount maps are only useful in
cases where access control is not a concern, such as for public read-only
resources.

ATTRIBUTES


See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following attributes:


+--------------------+-----------------+
| ATTRIBUTE TYPE | ATTRIBUTE VALUE |
+--------------------+-----------------+
|Interface Stability | Uncommitted |
+--------------------+-----------------+

SEE ALSO


smbutil(1), mount_smbfs(1M), nsmbrc(4), attributes(5)


September 9, 2009 SMBFS(7FS)