Personal Storage Space under Linux (Ubuntu)

  • Network Directory Setup (Integration with Bookmarks)

    1. Integration with Bookmarks (optional)

    Open the file browser (nautilus) and type in the following address by pressing CTRL+L:
    davs :// university ID
    Enter your university ID at the end of the path.

    1. Integration with Bookmarks (optional)
    © Uni MS IT

    2. Entering Your User Credentials

    Enter your university ID and your university password. Optionally, this information can also be saved. You now have easy access to your directory.

    2. Entering Your User Credentials
    © Uni MS IT

    3. Adding a Bookmark via Nautilus

    In order to be able to access the directory easily in the future, you should add a bookmark. To do this, open the address bar menu "Your university ID" and click on "Add to bookmarks".

    3. Adding a Bookmark via Nautilus
    © Uni MS IT

    Now the directory is available under your bookmarks. A simple click on it opens the directory if required.

    © Uni MS IT
  • Network Directory Setup (Integration via davfs)

    4. Automatic Integration of the Home Drive via davfs

    The personal storage space can be integrated by the virtual file system davfs2 in Linux. davfs2 is available as a package for Ubuntu and Debian and can be downloaded via apt ("sudo apt-get install davfs2" in the shell). For other distributions, the source code can be obtained via this project page.

    After installation, the file system davfs is available and can be passed as an argument with the mount command: mount-t davfs URL mountpoint. The URL university ID must be adjusted accordingly to the home directory of the university. In order to avoid that the user credentials need to be entered for each mount operation, these can be stored in a configuration file. For a system-wide availability the file /etc/davfs2/secrets needs to be adjusted by adding the line: university ID university password. If the personal storage space shall be integrated with every system start, an entry at /etc/fstab can be added: Mount Point davfs Mount Options 0 0.

    Possible Mount Options

    • conf = : absolute path of the user configuration file
    • uid = : owner of the file system (name or numeric ID)
    • gid = : group of the file system (name or numeric ID)
    • filemode = : default permissions for files (octal)
    • dirmode = : default permissions for directories (octal)
    • ro : read only
    • rw : read and write
    • [no] exec : Execute program files (not) allowed
    • [no] suid : set suid and sgid bits are (not) effective
    • [no] * Nedev : (no) network connection required

    Note: More information about using WebDAV, and WebDAV on Ubuntu in particular.

  • Accessing Stored Data via the Internet Browser

    You do have access to your stored data through your browser as well. If you want to open stored files, insert the following address into the address field: university ID
    Enter your university ID at the end of the path. Enter your university password when you are asked to do so.