WebDAV

I recently set up WebDAV on one of our Apache servers (using mod_dav) for some clients who use Adobe GoLive to maintain their website. So far, it is making life much easier for the maintainers than using ftp and trying to keep track of who was working on which files. One interesting side effect is that I’m trying to find a useful WebDAV client implementation for Linux. There are quite a few command line WebDAV clients but not much in the way of a GUI client yet. As I looked around for something I kept seeing hints that Nautilus could be used as a WebDAV client so I decided to give it a try. I’ve generally don’t use Nautilus much (I still find the old text-mode Midnight Commander faster and way more intuitive for most stuff – too bad it doesn’t support WebDAV!). Still, Nautilus has improved a great deal since the initial versions. For many tasks, it’s almost usable now.

Anway, the experience of trying to figure out the Nautilus implementation of WebDAV prompted me to post my findings and a few questions to the Nautilus mailing list in the hopes that some user feedback might help whoever is working on usability issues (and I was also hoping for some answer to the remaining questions I have). The post generated no replies or comments so I thought I’d mention it here in the hopes that someone else has some thoughts. And, if anyone knows of some other GPL, GUI WebDAV clients for Linux, I’d be interested.

In other news, I added Gary’s memory leak patch to the mod_virgule code running robots.net. Since one of the leaks was in the RSS code, which is one of our heavily used functions, this fix is a Good Thing.

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