10

Is there a way to broadcast a network file sharing server that is using a protocol like ftp, sftp, webdav, so that it shows up in naulilus under network:// .

I once connected to network where I could see a ftp share. It was a red hat machine. I ask the user how he did this, but he did not know.

(Note: I do know how to do this for samba. I'm interested in how you do it for other protocols.)

3
8

You can announce services by using the avahi service. To announce a service, you have to add a service description file in the /etc/avahi/services directory. For example, to announce an sftp share, create a file sftp.service with:

<service-group>
  <name replace-wildcards="yes">SFTP on %h</name>
  <service>
    <type>_sftp-ssh._tcp</type>
    <port>22</port>
  </service>
</service-group>

For FTP you have to change the type to _ftp._tcp and the port to 21, for an NFS share you have the change the type to _nfs._tcp and the port to 2049, and you also have to include something like:

<txt-record>path=/path/to/someshare</txt-record>

The avahi.service man page has all the information on the format of these files.

1
  • +1, Fantastic! If it works that is.. :-) Dec 29 '10 at 10:32

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.