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       davfs2.conf - Configuration file for mount.davfs


       There  is  a system wide configuration file /etc/davfs2/davfs2.conf and user configuration
       files ~/.davfs2/davfs2.conf. When mount.davfs is invoked by root,  only  the  system  wide
       configuration  file is read. When invoked by an ordinary user, the user configuration file
       is read in addition. Settings from the user configuration file will take  precedence  over
       the system wide configuration.

       The  configuration  file  consists of lines where each line contains a keyword value pair.
       Keyword and value are seperated by spaces and/or tabs.

       The file may contain sections that are for one specific mount point only.  Such a  section
       starts  with  a  line,  that  contains the full path of the mount point enclosed in square
       brackets. The section ends at the start of the next section or the end  of  file.  Options
       that  shall  apply to all mounted file system must come before the first sections. Options
       given in a mount specific section will have precedence.


       kernel_fs coda
       use_locks 0
       use_locks 1
       gui_optimize 1

       All mounted davfs2 file systems will use  the  coda  kernel  file  system  and  the  proxy  All  davfs2  file  systems  expect /media/dav will disable the use of the locks.
       /home/otto/mywebspace will use the gui_optimize option.


       Lines that only contain spaces and tabs (empty lines) are ignored.

       # indicates a comment. The rest of the line is ignored.

       \ is the escape character.

       "" is used for quotation.

       If a value contains one of the special characters space, tab, #, \, or ",  this  character
       must  be  escaped  by  a  preceding  \. Use ’\ ’ instead of ’ ’, ’\#’ instead of ’#’, ’\\’
       instead of ’\’ and ’\"’ instead of ’"’.

       Values containing spaces, tabs or # may instead be enclosed in double quotes.  But " and ’
       must  be  escaped even within double quotes. If the starting line of a section is enclosed
       in double quotes, the square brakets must be within  the  quotes  (like  "[/home/otto/with

       Boolean option values (yes/no) must be given as numerical value.  0 for no, 1 for yes.


General Options

              When  invoked  by root the mount.davfs daemon will run as this user.  Value must be
              given as name, not as numerical id.
              Default: davfs2
              Only allowed in the system wide configuration file.

              The group of the running mount.davfs daemon. Ordinary users must be member of  this
              group  in order to mount a davfs2 file system.  Value must be given as name, not as
              numerical id.
              Default: davfs2
              Only allowed in the system wide configuration file.

              Which kernel file system to  use,  to  integrate  into  the  virtual  file  system.
              Possible values are fuse and coda.
              Default: fuse

              Size in KiByte of the buffer used to communicate with the kernel file system.  Only
              usefull with fuse, where read and write operations may profit from a larger buffer.
              Default: 16

WebDAV Related Options

              Whether to use a proxy to connect to the WebDAV server. 0 = no, 1  =  yes.   If  no
              proxy is defined in the configration file or the environment variables https_proxy,
              http_proxy and all_proxy, this option has no effect.
              Default: 1
              Only allowed in the system wide configuration file.

       proxy  Name of the proxy. The name must be the fully qualified domain name (no scheme). If
              the  proxy port differs from the default of 8080, it must be appended, seperated by
              a colon. Examples: or
              Only allowed in the system wide configuration file.

              Name of a certificate file in PEM format. The name of the  file  may  be  given  as
              absolute   path  or  as  file  name  only.  In  the  latter  case  the  directories
              ~/.davfs2/certs and /etc/davfs2/certs will be searched.
              This option is useful when the  certificate  presented  by  the  server  cannot  be
              verified  using the system's data base of trusted certificate authorities (CA). The
              certificate file must contain the self-signed certificate of the top  level  CA  in
              the  chain  of  trust.  It  may  be  a self-signed server certificate (but see also
              trust_server_cert).  With this option the system's CA data base is ignored.
              Note: Even if the server's  certificate  is  trusted  that  does  not  mean  it  is
              accepted.  Additionally  the  certificate's  date  must  be  valid  and  either the
              CommonName or the SubjectAltName must match the host name of the server.

              Same as trust_ca_cert but badly named.

              Name of a certificate file in PEM format. The name of the  file  may  be  given  as
              absolute   path  or  as  file  name  only.  In  the  latter  case  the  directories
              ~/.davfs2/certs and /etc/davfs2/certs will be searched.
              Usefull when the server's certificate can't be verified or is even invalid, but you
              know  that  you can trust this certificate.  When the server presents a certificate
              that is exactly equal to this one and when  the  server  is  able  to  authenticate
              against  the  public  key  contained  in  this  certificate  the connection will be
              This is the preferred option for self signed server certificates.
              No other ways to verify the certificate will be tried and the certificate will  not
              be checked for validity.

              Name  of a certificate in PKCS#12 format that will be used to authenticate with the
              server. The name of the file may be given as absolute path or as file name only. In
              the     latter     case     the     directories     ~/.davfs2/certs/private     and
              /etc/davfs2/certs/private will be searched.

              Name of a file that holds the credentials for servers and the proxy, and  passwords
              to decrypt the client certificate. The name must be an absolute path. The file must
              be read and writable by the owner only (mode 600).
              Default: ~/.davfs2/secrets
              Only allowed in the user configuration  file.  The  system  wide  secrets  file  is
              allways /etc/davfs2/secrets.

              Ask  the  user  interactively  for  credentials  and  passwords if not found in the
              secretsfile. Ask the user if a servercert cannot be verified. 0 = no, 1 = yes.
              Default: 1

              Whether to lock files on the server when they are opened for writing.  0 = no, 1  =
              Default: 1

              A  string  send to the server to identify the owner of a lock. If a WebDAV resource
              is used at the same time by different clients using the same credentials, different
              values for lock_owner should be choosen.
              Default: the username from the credentials

              How  long  in  seconds  locks should be valid, before the server removes them.  The
              server may ignore this and set its own timeout value.
              Default: 1800

              That many seconds before the lock times out, mount.davfs will try  to  refresh  the
              lock. The value should be substantially greater than delay_upload.
              Default: 60

              To  avoid  uploading big files that will be refused by the server, mount.davfs uses
              the header expect: 100-continue to get the o.k.  from the server before  uploading.
              Not all servers understand this.  0 = no, 1 = yes.
              Default: 0

              Some  servers  do  not  handle  If-Match and If-None-Match-headers correctly.  This
              otion tells mount.davfs to use HEAD instead of thes headers.  0 = no, 1 = yes.
              Default: 0

              Popular servers send a weak etag whenever they are not able to calculate  a  strong
              one. This weak etag will never be valid, but after one second it is silently turned
              into a strong, valid etag. With this flag set to 1, mount.davfs will never use this
              weak  etags.  If the flag is 0, the weakness indicator will be removed and the etag
              is assumed to be strong. There is some danger of the Lost-Update-Problem with this.
              But it is minimized when using locks.
              You  should  turn  this  on,  when  you  can't use locks and there is the danger of
              concurrent access to the same resource. In this case the etag is not  used  at  all
              and the resource cannot be cached.
              0 = no, 1 = yes.
              Default: 0

              Some  servers  will only work when they are allowed to set a cookie and this cookie
              is returned in subsequent requests. This option sets the number of cookies you  are
              willing to accept and include in subsequent requests. davfs2 will only care for the
              name and the value of the cookie and ignore all of the possible attributes.
              Default: 0

              If option if_match_bug  is  set:  use  HEAD-requests  to  check  for  existence  or
              modification  of a file to avoid unintended overwriting what somebody else changed.
              Has no effect if option if_match_bug is 0. You should only set it 0, if there is no
              concurrent access to the server.  0 = no, 1 = yes.
              Default: 1

              Some servers send wrong information about their capabilities in the DAV-header.  In
              this case the header should be ignored.
              Default: 0

              Use gzip-compression for downloading files, if supported by  the  server.   Uploads
              will still be uncompressed.
              Default: 0

              Some  servers  are  reported  to  significantly  slow  down when the Etag and Last-
              Modified properties are requested. This option  will  reduce  the  set  of  WebDAV-
              properties  requested from the server to the minimal set. Don't use it if your file
              system is used for reading and writing. Without Etag or Last-Modified  davfs2  will
              not  be  able  to  check  for changes on the server which may result in unnecessary
              downloads and lost updates. This option will also effectively  disable  caching  of
              files because files in the cache can't be reused.
              Default: 0

              If the server redirects a GET-request to a different resource (maybe on a different
              server) then follow this redirection.
              Currently there are some restrictions:  all  redirects  are  treated  as  temporary
              redirects;  if the new server requires authentication then the same credentials are
              use as for  the  original  server;  if  the  connection  is  over  TLS  the  server
              certificate  will  be  checked  against  the  trusted CAs known by the system; user
              configured server certificates and client certificates are not  used  for  the  new
              Default: 0

              When  extracting  file  names  from the path component of the URL, mount.davfs will
              assume they are encoded using this character set and translate file  names  to  the
              local character set. This is not about encoding of file contents and not about HTTP
              escaping rules.
              There is no means in HTTP to know the character encoding  of  the  path  component.
              There may be even different encodings within the same path, as the encoding of file
              names is often defined by the clients that created them.  Nowadays it  is  best  to
              use  only  UTF-8  encoding  and  to  do no conversion. If you are not sure that all
              clients  understand  UTF-8,  restrict  file  names  to  pure  us-ascii.  Never  use
              characters  in  file  names,  that  may  have  a special function on some operating
              systems (like /, : and \).
              Default: no character set conversion

              When creating a TCP connection to  the  server  mount.davfs  will  wait  that  many
              seconds  for  an answer before assuming an error. If a value of '0' is used then no
              explicit timeout handling is set and the connect call will only timeout as dictated
              by the TCP stack.
              This  parameter  only  takes  effect  if the version of neon in use (neon version >
              0.26) and the OS support non-blocking I/O.
              Default: 10

              How long in seconds mount.davfs will wait for an  answer  from  the  server  before
              assuming an error.
              Default: 30

       retry  When  mount.davfs  can  not reach the server it will try again after retry seconds.
              For subsequent retries the interval will be increased up to max_retry seconds.
              Default: 30

              Maximum value of the retry interval.
              Default: 300

              When uploading a  changed  file  fails  temporarily  mount.davfs  will  retry  with
              increasing intervals, but not more often than this.
              With  a bad connection this will cause additional traffic. To reduce traffic caused
              by unsuccessful attempts option use_expect100 can be set. But please test it.  Most
              proxies and some servers don't support this header.
              Default: 15

              Your  server might expect special headers to do what you want. Different from other
              options, this one takes two values: the name of the header  and  its  value.   Some
              ASP-backends  to  IIS seem to require the Microsoft specific header "Translate: F".
              You can add it like this:
              add_header Translate F
              mount.davfs will add header "Translate: F" on all requests.
              This option is cumulative. You can enter more than one add_header option and all of
              them  will  be  added.  Also  add_header  options  from /etc/davfs2/davfs2.conf and
              ~/.davfs2/davfs2.conf are merged.

Cache Related Options

              Each mounted davfs2 file system has a directory to  store  backups  of  files  that
              could  not  be stored back to the server. This sets the name of this directory. You
              should regularly check this directory.
              Default: lost+found

              The directory where mount.davfs will store cached files. For every  mount  point  a
              subdirectory will be created.
              In  the  systemwide configuration file this will set the system wide cache, used by
              root. In a users configuration file it will set the cache used by this user.
              Defaults: /var/cache/davfs2 and ~/.davfs2/cache

              The amount of disk space in MiByte that may be used. mount.davfs will  always  take
              enough space to cache open files, ignoring this value if necessary.
              Default: 50

              mount.davfs  maintains a hash table with an entry for each known file or directory.
              This gives the number of entries in this table. For large file systems  (more  than
              some  hundreds  of  files) increasing this number may speed up file operations. The
              value should be a power of 2.
              Default: 1024

              After mount.davfs has got information about files in a directory  it  considers  it
              valid  for  this  time  in seconds. Note: This does not affect opening of files and
              reading a directory by an application.
              Default: 60

              When a file or directory is opened by an application, mount.davfs will first  check
              the  server  for  a  newer version. But some applications do open calls on the same
              file in short sequence. To avoid unecessary traffic mount.davfs will wait that many
              seconds before it send a new request for the same information.
              Default: 1

              When  a  file  that  has  been  changed  is closed, mount.davfs will wait that many
              seconds before it will upload it to  the  server.  This  will  avoid  uploading  of
              temporary  files  that  will be removed immediately after closing.  If you need the
              files to appear on the server immediately after closing, set this option to 0.
              Default: 10

              When a file is opened, mount.davfs will have to check the server whether there is a
              newer  version.  Graphical User Interfaces tend to open just any file, slowing down
              things dramatically for large directories.  With this option mount.davfs  will  try
              to  get this information from all files in a directory with one PROPFIND request. 0
              = no, 1 = yes.
              Default: 0

              davfs2 holds information about files and directories in the working memory. It will
              stay  there  as  long as the file system is mounted and the file is not deleted. By
              this memory usage by davfs2 will grow over time and may slow down davfs2. With this
              option  set  to  1 davfs2 will regularly clean the memory from information that has
              not be used for some time.  0 = no, 1 = yes.
              Warning: Most file attributes are only  maintained  locally  because  there  is  no
              corresponding  WebDAV property. So if users change attributes (owner, group, access
              bits) locally this changes will be lost and attribute values will be reset  to  the
              default values.
              Default: 0

Debugging Options

       debug  Send  debug messages to the syslog daemon. The value tells what kind of information
              shall be logged. The messages  are  send  with  facility  LOG_DAEMON  and  priority
              LOG_DEBUG.  It  depends  from  the  configuration  of  the  syslog daemon where the
              messages    will    go    (propably    /var/log/messages,    /var/log/syslog     or
              /var/log/daemon.log).  Whether HTTP related debug messages are available depends on
              your neon library.
              Unlike other options, this option is cumulative. If there are several debug entries
              with  different  values,  all  of  them  will  be  applied. Also debug options from
              /etc/davfs2/davfs2.conf and ~/.davfs2/davfs2.conf are merged.
              Note: Debug messages let the log-files grow  quickly.  Never  use  this  option  in
              normal operation of mount.davfs.
              Default: no debugging messages

              Recognized values:

              config Command line and configuration options.

              kernel Upcalls from the kernel file system.

              cache  Cache operations like adding and removing nodes.

              http   HTTP headers.

              xml    Parsing of the XML-body of WebDAV-requests.

                     Negotiation of authentication.

              locks  Information about locks.

              ssl    TLS/SSL related stuff like certificates.

                     Complete body of HTTP-responses.

                     Also print confidential information, which is usually omitted or obscured.

              most   Includes config, kernel, cache and http.


       This man page was written by by Werner Baumann <>.



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