I've been using autofs for a number of years and was wondering if there is an alternative to autofs that would handle cifs/smb shares in a more interactive way?

When I say more interactive I'm mostly referring to allowing interactivity for password authentication (and not keeping your password in a file)?

  • Curious, how would you expect this to work? Where would you see the password prompt - gui? command line? Autofs intercepts at kernel-level, something would have to be listening in userland to show you a password dialog, right? – ckhan Dec 1 '12 at 9:36
  • I'm a command line geek, so my thought was command line - but I guess you've got a point. Not having done much developing besides scripting, how difficult would it be to modify Autofs to send out an event to userland? then I assume it would be easy to create a user app to listen for that event... – Johnnie Dec 1 '12 at 18:51
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    These days, one would probably use the dbus (to make it platform neutral) or a unix socket (much less bloat, more work) - you could have clients for command line as well as for various DEs. automount daemon (which is already running in userspace) would then send a password request to listening clients and wait for reply. – peterph Dec 1 '12 at 21:07
  • Thanks @peterph I was thinking dbus but sockets might be good as well. Any good references for dbus and automount? – Johnnie Dec 2 '12 at 0:48

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