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NetFiles: Set Up WebDAV on a Mac
Using the built-in WebDAV capabilties in Mac OS X is a simple process, but we have run into some issues, which are discussed below.
- Click Go > Connect to Server.
- In the Connect to Server window, enter your home directory's address into the Server Address field.
- The address of that directory is "https:⁄⁄netfiles.umn.edu⁄users⁄<internetID><internetid>", replacing <internetID> <internetid>with your x500 user ID. For example, if your internet ID is goph0001, your home directory's address is "https:⁄⁄netfiles.umn.edu⁄users⁄goph0001". To add the NetFiles directory path to your Favorite Servers list, click the + button to the right of the address for future reference.
- Click Connect to initiate the server connection.
- Under WebDAV File System Authentication, enter your internet ID into the Name field and your password into the Password field.
- Click OK. Once you are authenticated, the server connection mounts a network drive on your desktop with your Internet ID as the name of the drive.
- You can now drag and drop files or folders to and from your NetFiles directory.
Issues with OS X WebDAV and NetFiles
When transferring larger files from your computer to NetFiles via a WebDAV connection, files will appear to transfer very quickly, but then the Transfer dialog box will show “(Closing file…) – Please wait…” for an extended amount of time. The file will transfer eventually, but you will not know how long it might take.
This appears to be a flaw in OS X’s implementation of WebDAV and there is no known way to fix it. It is possible to use other client software such as Goliath to transfer files.
Macs use .DS_Store files to store information for the Finder. You won't see these files when using the Finder, but after using NetFiles with Mac WebDAV, you will see these files in every folder you visited. Follow the instructions below (from http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301711) to prevent the Finder from creating these files on remote servers.
Note: This affects the user's interactions with SMB/CIFS, AFP, NFS, and WebDAV servers.
- Open the Terminal.
- Type: defaults write com.apple.desktopservices DSDontWriteNetworkStores true
- Press Return.
- Restart the computer.