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