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CONFIG_CIFS: CIFS support (advanced network filesystem for Samba, Window and other CIFS compliant servers)

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The Linux kernel configuration item CONFIG_CIFS has multiple definitions:

CIFS support (advanced network filesystem for Samba, Window and other CIFS compliant servers)(EXPERIMENTAL) found in fs/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_CIFS:

Help text

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. The CIFS protocol is fully supported by file servers such as Windows 2000 (including Windows 2003, NT 4 and Windows XP) as well by Samba (which provides excellent CIFS server support for Linux and many other operating systems). Currently you must use the smbfs client filesystem to access older SMB servers such as Windows 9x and OS/2.

The intent of the cifs module is to provide an advanced network file system client for mounting to CIFS compliant servers, including support for dfs (hierarchical name space), secure per-user session establishment, safe distributed caching (oplock), optional packet signing, Unicode and other internationalization improvements, and optional Winbind (nsswitch) integration. You do not need to enable cifs if running only a (Samba) server. It is possible to enable both smbfs and cifs (e.g. if you are using CIFS for accessing Windows 2003 and Samba 3 servers, and smbfs for accessing old servers). If you need to mount to Samba or Windows 2003 servers from this machine, say Y.

CIFS support (advanced network filesystem for Samba, Window and other CIFS compliant servers) found in fs/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_CIFS:

Help text

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. The CIFS protocol is fully supported by file servers such as Windows 2000 (including Windows 2003, NT 4 and Windows XP) as well by Samba (which provides excellent CIFS server support for Linux and many other operating systems). Limited support for OS/2 and Windows ME and similar servers is provided as well.

The intent of the cifs module is to provide an advanced network file system client for mounting to CIFS compliant servers, including support for dfs (hierarchical name space), secure per-user session establishment, safe distributed caching (oplock), optional packet signing, Unicode and other internationalization improvements. If you need to mount to Samba or Windows from this machine, say Y.

CIFS support (advanced network filesystem, SMBFS successor) found in fs/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_CIFS:

Help text

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. The CIFS protocol is fully supported by file servers such as Windows 2000 (including Windows 2003, NT 4 and Windows XP) as well by Samba (which provides excellent CIFS server support for Linux and many other operating systems). Limited support for OS/2 and Windows ME and similar servers is provided as well.

The cifs module provides an advanced network file system client for mounting to CIFS compliant servers. It includes support for DFS (hierarchical name space), secure per-user session establishment via Kerberos or NTLM or NTLMv2, safe distributed caching (oplock), optional packet signing, Unicode and other internationalization improvements. If you need to mount to Samba or Windows from this machine, say Y.

CIFS support (advanced network filesystem, SMBFS successor) found in fs/cifs/Kconfig

The configuration item CONFIG_CIFS:

Help text

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. The CIFS protocol is fully supported by file servers such as Windows 2000 (including Windows 2003, Windows 2008, NT 4 and Windows XP) as well by Samba (which provides excellent CIFS server support for Linux and many other operating systems). Limited support for OS/2 and Windows ME and similar servers is provided as well.

The module also provides optional support for the followon protocols for CIFS including SMB3, which enables useful performance and security features (see the description of CIFS_SMB2).

The cifs module provides an advanced network file system client for mounting to CIFS compliant servers. It includes support for DFS (hierarchical name space), secure per-user session establishment via Kerberos or NTLM or NTLMv2, safe distributed caching (oplock), optional packet signing, Unicode and other internationalization improvements. If you need to mount to Samba or Windows from this machine, say Y.

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