Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2011 3:06 PM (in response to Templeton Peck)
Thank you for trying to help.
However, that utility does not solve the problem as far as I can tell. Regardless of whether the link text is typed in manually, or is 'snagged' via some utility, it still doesn't work in the case I was mentioning. All options in PathSnagger require that the drive is already mounted, as far as I can tell. And once it is mounted, PathSnagger generates the following strings for various options:
Snag Path Windows: \Volumes\servername\SomeFolder\AnotherFolder\FileToShare.mp4
Snag Path Unix: /Volumes/servername/SomeFolder/AnotherFolder/FileToShare.mp4
Snag Path HFS: servername:SomeFolder:AnotherFolder:FileToShare.mp4
Snag Path File: file://localhost/Volumes/servername/SomeFolder/AnotherFolder/FileToShare.mp4
Note that none of these retain the original server location and protocol (smb://servername) because the volume is now mounted. As such, if emailed to another recipient, in general they do not work.
Perhaps my original question was not clear. Is there any way to create a clickable link to a file (not a folder) on an SMB server, so that the link can be emailed to other people, and email recipient clicks on the click, the file is opened? (And server volumes mounted automatically as necessary)
On Windows it can be done via a link such as:
On Mac, the corresponding support for Samba URLs seems incomplete. A link such as:
does not appear to work even on the sender's computer, and even if the server is already mounted.
The expected behaviour is that when a user (e.g. email recipient) clicks on the link, it should mount the server (if necessary) and open the file (in the example above, FileToShare.txt). Unfortunately, this does not seem to happen.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 6, 2011 3:19 PM (in response to MatthewUK)
p.s. the same problem occurs when using the AFP protocol.
For example, when using an AFP server, if a link such as "afp://servername/SomeFolder/AnotherFolder/FileToShare.txt" is sent via email, when the recipient clicks on the link, the file "FileToShare.txt" is not actually opened. Instead, the server is mounted (if necessary), and the innermost folder is opened (in this case, AnotherFolder).
Currently Being ModeratedJun 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?