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Solaris™ 8 Advanced System Administrator's Guide, Third Edition by Janice Winsor

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WebNFS Limitations with Web Browsers

The WebNFS service does not support several functions that a Web site using HTTP can provide. The NFS server sends only the file, so any special processing must be done on the client. If you need one Web site configured for both WebNFS and HTTP access, consider the following issues.

  • NFS browsing does not run CGI scripts, so a file system with an active Web site that uses many CGI scripts may not be appropriate for NFS browsing.

  • The browser might start different viewers to handle files in different file formats. An external viewer is started when these files are accessed through an NFS URL as long as the file type can be determined from the file name. The browser should recognize any file-name extension for ...

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