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Mac OS X Hacks by Rael Dornfest, Kevin Hemenway

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Mounting a WebDAV Share

WebDAV, or Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning, allows you to share directories and files via your web server for remote editing of documents and other files. (See [Hack #95] for more detail on WebDAV and WebDAV-enabled servers.)

Mac OS X has support for WebDAV built right into the operating system and integrated seamlessly into the desktop environment. Simply point to a server, much as you would an AppleShare or SMB (Windows) share, log in, and bingo!, you have a new virtual drive right on your desktop. WebDAV is actually the technology behind much of iCal calendar publishing [Hack #30] and iPhoto sharing.

Connecting and Mounting

To connect to a WebDAV share, you’ll need to start from the Finder. Click the Finder icon in your Dock or on any open space on your Desktop. Select Go Connect to Server . . . or type

Connecting and Mounting

-K (that’s K as in Konnect) to bring up the Connect to Server dialog box shown in Figure 6-28.

Connecting to a WebDAV server

Figure 6-28. Connecting to a WebDAV server

Enter the URL of the WebDAV share into the Address field. In Figure 6-28, I’ve used a share created with [Hack #95], 10.0.0.6 on my private local network.

Tip

You’ll notice that the share doesn’t show up in any of my local AppleShare and SMB (Windows) domain lists; unfortunately, WebDAV doesn’t offer the ...

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