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RE: [Q] - making a Win32 app DAV-aware...

From: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Date: Tue, 15 Jan 2002 22:00:33 +0100
To: "Michael Datuin" <da2in@yahoo.com>, <w3c-dist-auth@w3.org>
Message-ID: <JIEGINCHMLABHJBIGKBCOEPKDMAA.julian.reschke@gmx.de>
> From: w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org
> [mailto:w3c-dist-auth-request@w3.org]On Behalf Of Michael Datuin
> Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 9:47 PM
> To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
> Subject: [Q] - making a Win32 app DAV-aware...
> Thanks for the information.  I've done a little more
> digging on the Web and found some tidbits of
> information.
> >From an article on www.extremetech.com
> (http://www.extremetech.com/article/0,3396,apn%253D10%2526s%253D10
> 27%2526a%253D2473%2526app%253D8%2526ap%253D9,00.asp),
> it appears that WinXP contains an
> integrated WebDAV redirector.  According to the
> article, "you can open a file on the web with notepad,
> make changes, and if you have write permission, save
> it back...When you open a file from the Web, the file
> is copied locally to Internet Explorer's cache.  Once
> you make your mchanges and close the file, Windows XP
> automatically puts the updated file back to the Web
> location."
> I tried to open a file in Notepad and save it (via the
> common save dialog) to the web folder (that I just
> created in My Network Places to point to an Apache
> server), and it doesn't work.  So, you really can't
> get WebDAV "for free" using XP, right?

Yes, you can.

Problem is, there are no less then four different Microsoft WebDAV clients:

- web folders
- web folders as updated by the Sharepoint client software
- the libraries used by Office
- the XP redirector

All have different kinds of known bugs, and haven't been updated for a long
time (except obviously for the XP stuff).

The XP WebDAV redirector is not available from "network places", nor from

You'll have to use the command line tool "net", for instance:

net use * URI passwrd /user:username

> How does the redirector actually work?  Does it work
> similarly to WebDrive (www.webdrive.com), where a user
> can map a drive letter to a web folder (created in
> WinXP's My Network Places) or ftp site?


Hope this helps,

Received on Tuesday, 15 January 2002 16:00:41 UTC

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