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Mounting the VFS

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In OpenCms since: 11.0.0 Documented since: 9.0 Latest revision for: 9.0 Valid for OpenCms: 12.0

By default, the OpenCms VFS and hence all files located there can only be accessed via the traditional workplace's explorer. This explorer has several advantages, because it allows the use of all "special" features of the VFS, and editing XML files opens the content editor. But it also causes some inconvenience:

  • You have to leave your usual work environment.
  • You are tied to the source code editor shipped with OpenCms.
  • You cannot keep several files open for editing, copying and comparing them.
  • You have to change sites when changing files in the root site and viewing changes in web page.

To overcome the described drawbacks, OpenCms allows you to mount the virtual file system to the real file system of your computer. Two ways to mount the VFS are possible and described in distinct topics. We recommend the use of JLan for exposing the VFS as SMB/CIFS network share.

Ways to mount the VFS
  • Mount the VFS via CMIS, the Content Management Interoperability Services.

  • Expose the VFS as SMB / CIFS network share and mount it to your file system on Windows, Mac or Linux.

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