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Emailing a link to a file on an SMB server

2387 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 23, 2011 2:18 PM by Andbrowny RSS
MatthewUK Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 2, 2011 8:47 AM

How do you create a link to a file on an SMB server, to send to other people (e.g. in email)?


In a large corporation with mixed Mac/Windows network we use Samba to allow Mac OS X 10.6 to access the file servers.

This works fine for basic operations such as browsing the servers, or copying files, etc. However, it isn't clear how to create a link to a file on a server, such that it can be emailed to people.


Creating a link to a folder works ok, via this syntax:



When the email recipient clicks on the link (which appears by default as blue underlined), OS X automatically mounts the server as a local volume, and Finder  opens a window so that they can see the folder contents.


But when trying to create a link to a particular file, via this syntax:



It doesn't work. When the recipient clicks on the link, Finder appears to mount an empty fictitious volume called SomeFolder/AnotherFolder/FileToShare.mp4, containing no files. It is as if the URL parsing support for Samba links only supports referencing directories rather than individual files.



By contrast, on Windows sharing a file can be done via this syntax:



And clicking on the link would automatically open the file (e.g. in whatever application is associated to play the video, edit the document, etc).


Is there any way to create a clickable link to a file (not folder) on an SMB server?



  • Templeton Peck Level 9 Level 9 (57,665 points)
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    Jun 2, 2011 10:43 AM (in response to MatthewUK)
  • Andbrowny Level 4 Level 4 (1,610 points)
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    Jun 23, 2011 2:18 PM (in response to MatthewUK)

    Hi Matthew, I believe it would be an authentication issue, are the clients part of a domain and do you have single sign on for the servers the links are pointing to?

    If the users manually connect to the server do they get prompted for a password?




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