I would like to announce the alpha release of fuse-workspace, a tool
which takes care of access to all kinds
It's independent of the GUI, this works in every environment, so also
in the textconsole.
It gives access on filesystem level, via FUSE for virtual maps and
uses external mount commands when mounting SMB shares, and cifs is
With network, it creates a directory in de homedirectory like:
where resources like the SMB network is available like:
The virtual map of workgroups and servers is detected using
libsmbclient, access to shares is possible using the internal
implementation of libsmbclient or external via cifs. fuse-workspace
does the mounting automatically.
Another map (or workspace) currently possible is:
Currently only supported is access to an audiocd, which uses an
internal implementaion using libcdio/cdda.
Fuse-workspace has the ability to access resources via a module. For
example access to a smbshare is done via a "browse-smb" module, the
audio cd via a "browse-audiocd" module. I'm currently working on a
ftp (using libcurl) and looking at other hardware / filesystems like
ntfs, vfat, exfat and ipod.
As mentioned above, this is a "natural" way to access the resources.
>From within the filemanager simply go to the "Network" map, and there
you are. Or, like dolphin does, when a resource is mounted, a
reference to it appears in the "places" sidebar, which is also very
Especially browsing the "Windows Network" and access to smb shares
using cifs is very usefull.
Futher I'm looking at subjects like "online versus offline browsing"
and "filesystem change notify" and "autofs" to implement.
Please test, and try!
I've tested it on some machines, but it's alpha.
Fuse-workspace has to be started at boottime, it watches sessions.
When a session is added, it acts upon that: when requested and rules
apply, the different workspaces (=mountpoints) are created.
It should work with multiuser/multiseat.
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