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Easy Linux File-sharing With WebDav

Mar 08, 2011, 16:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juliet Kemp)

"You don't need some big fancy expensive groupware suite for simple file sharing; just set up a good stout Linux server with WebDav and be done with it. No muss, no fuss.

"The WebDAV protocol allows you to store and share files via HTTP; effectively, where HTTP is usually read-only, WebDAV allows writing as well. As well as accessing documents, you can (with suitable permissions) edit and re-upload them. You can think of it as a networked file-system run over HTTP; or as a way of supporting long-distance collaboration on files. The protocol supports locking and versioning information, so once you've accessed the WebDAV folder (see below), you can edit files without risking overwriting other people's edits. These days there are more and more ways available to undertake online collaboration, but WebDAV is still a useful and straightforward way to share files, especially as it's supported by plenty of software at both server and client end.

"Unlike FTP, HTTP provides strong authentication and encryption, as well as caching and proxy support – and because WebDAV works over HTTP, this means that WebDAV gets all of that for free. SSH would be another option, but SSH is a bit more limited in terms of moving files around, and certainly doesn't have the same sort of client support and tools available."

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