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I have seen examples showing how to use davfs2 under linux, but each has involved one of these things:

  1. Running mount as root

  2. Adding an entry to /etc/fstab

  3. Running mount.davfs setuid, which, alas, still requires an entry in /etc/fstab

Can this be avoided? If not, what aspect of webdav prevents it, more than for, e.g. sshfs?

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Davfs2 isn't implemented like a normal FUSE filesystem. The Wikipedia page and the documentation mention that it can work on top of either Coda or FUSE, but the project description doesn't mention FUSE (and hints at native integration). The Debian package does not depend on FUSE, and the binary it ships only runs as root. This is not intrinsic to WebDAV, it's just the way Davfs2 is implemented.

There are other WebDAV filesystem built on FUSE: Fusedav, Wdfs. Fusedav seems to be present in more distributions, but wdfs works better with some broken servers. These will work as long as you're allowed to use FUSE on your system.

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I couldn't get fusedav to build but wdfs worked for me. Thank you. – Owen Sep 3 '11 at 21:03
Alas, wdfs is no longer maintained. – Deer Hunter Jun 23 '15 at 13:25

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