[CALUG] [OMG] Script help needed. Any help would be appreciated.

Bryan J Smith b.j.smith at ieee.org
Fri Dec 23 18:50:40 EST 2011

Not a script detail.  In fact, you don't want to mount such a remote drive in Linux (and put the VFS at the mercy of such a mount).  You want to use the network access facilities in your desktop, such as GNOME 2, GNOME 3 or Unity.

Skip everything except #4 and #5.  They give you 100% of what you need.  You don't need to associate accounts or anything (although you will need your login).

The Windows Networking UNC "Server" portion is right there in #4:
  \\docs.live.net at SSL\
The "Share" portion is your Live User ID in a sixteen (16) digital hexadecimal format.  It's at the end of the URL in #5:  


So for User ID 0123456789ABCDEF, the Windows Networking UNC is:
  \\docs.live.net at SSL\013456789ABCDEF\

You can stick the UNC in Explorer or IE and you can browse it directly (after entering credentials) in Windows.

But what is that "@SSL"?  It's clearly not a standard Windows Networking UNC to a Windows CIFS/SMB share.  So what is it?  Well, that's another story in itself.  ;)

Actually, it's a Microsoft UNC/mount implementation of WebDAV using HTTP-SSL.  Coincidentally, Microsoft does not support SSL protocols for mapping until NT6 (Vista, 7, 2008). NT5 (2000, XP, 2003) and earlier can browse, but the redirector in NT5 cannot map SSL.

For those that don't know, WebDAV is basically HTTP with file management.  The tricky part is that WebDAV has not only many versions, but some implementations have non-standard extensions.  There is DeltaV for revisioning, but even Subversion uses it own, extended DeltaV implementation (although it does work with standard WebDAV).

Linux has various WebDAV clients, built-in WebDAV mapping into KDE, GNOME, etc... even a kernel-level mount.  I do _not_ recommend the kernel mount.  Do _not_ script this, although the automounter may be okay (but I won't go there for now).  Use the built-in browsing facilities in many userspace clients, like KDE, GNOME, etc...

I've tried my "Places -> Connect to Server" in GNOME 3 (Fedora) with the "Secure WebDAV (HTTPS)" client.  I keep getting errors.  I think it's because my username has an at (@) symbol in it, or something else it does not like.  The Server (docs.live.net) should work, and the Folder (/0123456789ABCDEF) should work, along with the username/password.  But something tells me that Microsoft is doing other things.

I.e., for those of us who have dealt with newer releases of SharePoint (the 2nd worst MS product ever designed and over-marketed, but I won't go there), you know it has similar non-sense, especially for older NT5 (2000, XP, 2003) clients.

I'm going to try another WebDAV client.

----- Original Message -----
From: Ron Swift <rswift at swiftstaffing.com>
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Sent: Friday, December 23, 2011 5:25 PM
Subject: [baltolug] Fwd: [OMG] Script help needed. Any help would be appreciated.

If there is anyone who can help Mike with his question, please respond to him directly.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject:     [OMG] Script help needed. Any help would be appreciated.
Date:     Fri, 23 Dec 2011 22:18:47 +0000 (UTC)
From:     Mike Montenegro <mmontene at comcast.net>
Reply-To:     Opensource Maryland Group <omg at lists.opensource-md.org>
To:     omg at lists.opensource-md.org


With a Windows Live account you get 25GB of free storage on SkyDrive, and I'd like to know how to map my SkyDrive folder in Linux.


The link above shows "How to map your SkyDrive folder in Windows 7," but although I have a Windows Live account, I am an Ubuntu 10.10 user. I don't run Windows 7.

I'm assuming that a bash script would do the trick, but my skills haven't been honed enough for me to make this happen. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
-- Mike Montenegro


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