[kwlug-disc] What are people using in Windows to map drives to their sftp servers?

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Thu Nov 4 17:43:34 EDT 2010

Paul Nijjar wrote, On 11/04/2010 5:32 PM:
> On Thu, Nov 04, 2010 at 02:10:44PM -0400, unsolicited wrote:
>> So ... my sftp server is up (internal use).
>> What are people using from their Win (XP and/or 7) machines to map
>> drives into their sftp sites? (Crossing the internet in the process.)
> Who is using this? Just you or a lot of non-technical users? 

Both. But I can do the install, so all that matters is once set up it 
looks like a mapped drive.

> Do you need a drive letter or is making a fake (non-mappable) folder enough?

Something that can be typed into explorer, I think. So that Windows 
apps can sync it, such as robocopy, Karen's Replicator, or fsync. 
(rsync being problematic in my experience to date / win+cygwin, 
probably having some element of nfs difficulty in there.)

> My quick google search revealed Swish, which looks reasonably
> promising: http://www.swish-sftp.org/

Thanks for the link - I'll look into it.

>> Am I right in thinking we're talking about a WebDAV to SFTP <thing> here?
> Oh I hope not. That sounds hideous.


OK, I'll rephrase ... I know nothing of the acronyms, and I see 
references to windows mapped drives to webdav and/or sftp (win 7 will 
do ftp natively, but not sftp). No doubt I'm confusing myself here. I 
guess my statement was assuming it's a webdav 'thingie' on the windows 
end talking to various types of other ends, such as sftp.

Apologies if I've abused or offended the acronyms through my ignorance.

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