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ideally through something like wizard mounter, but I would settle for whatever.

I looked at freemoe repository where he compiled debian stuff and it looks like the cadaver build failed on some missing dependencies.

Any other ideas for webdav on n900?
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oh, just found this, might try some of these packages later one
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well, i tried those files installing the debs, but was not able to get a mount to work.

Oh well, maybe they will publish something in devel soon
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Any success on this yet?
Would be nice to mount my NAS webdav share in and access it throu filemanager.
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Originally Posted by toxaris View Post
Any success on this yet?
Would be nice to mount my NAS webdav share in and access it throu filemanager.
I actually managed to mount a webdav server and to access it with the filemanager. I didn't invent anything new, just some research and then I put the pieces together (davfs2, libneon with ssl enabled).

For a noob like me, it is quite a long way, though. Anybody still interested in this? Then I will write up how I have done this. But maybe nobody is interested anymore or in the meantime there is an easy solution I have missed?

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i'm interested. please provide your solution.
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Originally Posted by kurtyy View Post
i'm interested. please provide your solution.
First, you need to edit some of the "system-files" and thus, you need permissions to do so. If you know how to do that, you may skip to A.

I tried doing this directly with the device, but I failed. Hence, I neded access to the N900 through my Computer (MacBook). I somehow managed to install sshfs (on both devices, I guess?). Can't remember properly what to do to enable this (you need to set a password on the N900, for example), but this is a different problem which is quite well documented at different places in the internet/in this forum. In OSX terminal, I then type:

sshfs root@IP.ADRESS.OF.N900:/ /media/N900/ -o allow_other -o uid=29999

(for IP.ADRESS.OF.N900 you need to enter the IP-Adress of your N900 in your wifi-net, type ifconfig in terminal to find it).

I then start emacs in OSX terminal, since I am a little familiar with this editor and I found out that typing "ESC-x find-file" and then "/root@IP.ADRESS.OF.N900:/" gives me easy access to the file-structure of the N900 and lets me edit and save files without annoying permission errors.

In order to enable the webdav protocol, three things needed to be done:

A. install davfs2, neon, fuse and libssl and edit config files

This is explained in detail here (in german, I am afraid):

So, you need to install four libraries: neon, fuse and davfs2 from (these are .deb files, so you need to find out how to install them, which is not too hard) as well as libssl with apt-get. (Not sure whether all those libraries can also be found using apt-get, in the meantime?)

Then you need to edit the files /etc/group and /etc/passwd according to the instructions (be aware that this is dangerous to edit these files). My /etc/group now contains a line


and etc/passwd contains a line


(please double check with the instructions in the link above)

GUID is a number and I simply took the next free number in the file /etc/group. So if in this file the last guid you can see is 1234, you might want to use 1235 as the guid? I have no clue, but for me, it worked.

In addition, the directory /usr/etc/davfs2 has to be created and within this directory the file "secrets" needs to contain the authentication information, that is one line as follows: LOGIN PASSWORD

LOGIN and PASSWORD are self explanatory, I guess.

Finally, issue "chmod 600 /usr/etc/davfs2/secrets" and "chown root /usr/etc/davfs2/secrets" in terminal.

In addition to that, I have to admit that I installed all sorts of libraries and programs related to this topic (wizard mounter, kernel-module-nls-utf8, kernel-module-ntfs, lighttpd-dav-gui, OpenSSH and others). So, no guarantee that you don't need one of those in addition to make it work.

B. Install the neon-library that has ssl support

However, all this did not work for me until I managed to install the right neon library that supports ssl. Compare this link:

Instead of copying the ssl enabled library the way it is described there, I left the original name and changed the symlink in /usr/lib, so refers to (symlink changed with emacs using ESC-x make-symbolic-link).

Careful: It happend once to me that the symlink was reset to the default, probably because I installed a program and with this installation this symbolic link was changed in this folder? I just redefined it and it worked again.

C. Create mount directory and simplify mounting procedure (fstab)

(also according to

I have created the directory /mnt/gmx

and in /etc/fstab I placed: /mnt/gmx davfs noauto,user 0 0

The problem with the latter is that fstab gets autogenerated at startup. So I found this thread

and I thus added

echo " /mnt/gmx davfs noauto,user 0 0" >> /etc/fstab

to the file "/etc/event.d/rcS-late" after the occurence of "rm -f $tmp_fstab" in that file.

Now in the N900 terminal application typing "sudo mount /mnt/gmx" is sufficient to mount the webdav drive; be sure to have "rootsh" application installed, so you don't have to type the password every time you use "sudo". Of course, you can now write a little script just containing the line "sudo mount /mnt/gmx" and create a shortcut to your desktop (there are proper directions in this forum). Every time you push this icon, the drive gets mounted. Unmounting is with "sudo umount /mnt/gmx" and this would then need its own desktop icon.

Mounting the webdav drive works well, however, I am not able to mount a webdav drive and a samba drive with vpn-tunnel through wizard-mounter at the same time. But this might simply be a problem with my settings, I don't care too much.

Good luck and sorry, if my directions contain any mistakes or if I forgot something, it was quite complicated... ;-)

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you can install cadaver. Cadaver is text based webdav client.
works from the terminal, and works great (I am actually using it).
very simple installation too: apt-get install cadaver
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thank you for your insights.

In my case I follow the next article (it is in german but the necessary commands to run are clearly documented) and it works flawless... until the part of automatic mounting of the WebDAV directories. In my case it wouldn't work since the /etc/fstab file is autogenerated in every reboot.

My workaround has been to run a script when connecting to 3G or Wifi to mount my WebDAV directory and run another one when disconnecting to unmount...

Create a "if-up.d" script for mounting WebDAV directories:

touch /etc/network/if-up.d/mount_dav
chmod 0755 /etc/network/if-up.d/mount_dav
nano /etc/network/if-up.d/mount_dav

And paste these lines in it:
/bin/mount -t davfs /media/dav

Create a "if-down.d" script for unmounting WebDAV directories:

touch /etc/network/if-down.d/umount_dav
chmod 0755 /etc/network/if-down.d/umount_dav
nano /etc/network/if-down.d/umount_dav

And paste these lines in it:
/bin/umount /media/dav

Check if it works (by switching connection 3G/Wireless and watching what happens at File Manager).



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Hello, Can you provide *.deb packages for setup davfs with ssl support? Links in the task are not working.

Thank you.

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