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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: