Monday May 14, 2007

SLOTD 2007-05-14: GNOME interface to sftp(1)

I found out today that I can use Nautilus, the GNOME filemanager, to browse file systems accessible over sftp (the IETF secsh filexfer protocol). I was surprised this worked already since I wasn't expecting it to be available until we had FUSE on (Open)Solaris. It turns out that the gnome-vfs layer does this on its own. So while I can't 'cd /net/myhomemachine.com/home/darren/Documents' I can do it graphically. There are also gnome-vfs plugins for SMB (using Samba), Webdav and Webdav over SSL/TLS.

As far as I know this something we got in Solaris Express by virtue of keeping up with the GNOME community, it isn't an OpenSolaris or Solaris invention or even needed to be changed to work.

This all works without any privilege even though it looks like the user is mounting filesystems. Since it happens in the users Nautilus process it doesn't cause any problems with Trusted Extensions labeling. I need to investigate how copy/move of files between a local file system and one using one of these gnome-vfs plugins will work though. There can't be a security violation because of how nautilus works in Trusted Exensions but it might not allow the copy/move.

- Darren
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