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Ian Hilt - GMX File Storage on Linux

Date: 2009-01-12 12:30
Subject: GMX File Storage on Linux
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Tags:dav, gmx, online file storage, webdav
I use gmx as my main email service provider.  They recently, as in today, sent me an email that explained how to use their new and bedazzling online file storage server.  The instructions are as follows:
  1. Download and install the File Storage Manager on your PC by simply clicking on the button below. http://www.gmx.com/common/gmxtools/gmx_filestoragemanager.exe
  2. Configure it to connect to your GMX account by entering your GMX e-mail address and password.
  3. Specify a drive letter on your PC where your GMX File Storage will be mounted. That's it!
This is all well and good except that I'm a linux guy and don't use windows.  Ok, that's a little lie, my wife uses windows and I sometimes have to coat myself in think-like-an-ignoramus lotion and do stuff to it. Ugh.  And I have to use it at work ... sometimes.  But I try to keep as far away as possible by using tsclient.

Anyway, so I thought I should be able to access it from my linux boxes ... er, boxen ... so I downloaded the executable.  Looked at it with strings.  This provided useless amounts of information.  So I loaded it up on the windows machine here at work, installed it, and then copied the folder it created --- GMX File Storage Manager --- to my linux box.

Poking around in there I noticed davsrv.exe which I had seen in my strings search of gmx_filestoragemanager.exe.  So maybe it wasn't a totally useless search.  I looked at davsrv.exe with strings.  Lo and behold the address https://storage-file-eu.gmx.com/ sat there with a sheepish grin on it's face.

Loading that up into Firefox brought me to a login prompt.  So I used my email address and password as the above instructions, uh, instructed.  This didn't produce the results I expected.  It said there was insufficient space on the drive I was trying to access.  Hm.  Looking at the server profile (thanks GMX for leaving that there!) I noticed it said something about dav.  Oh, as in webdav; as in mountable!  Sweet.  Doing a quick google search I found the davfs2 filesystem driver.  Swiftly executing sudo apt-get install davfs2 I installed the driver.  Then I mounted the web drive thingy with sudo mount -t davfs -o uid=me,gid=me https://storage-file-eu.gmx.com/ gmx.  Sure enough, webdrive had mounted and was readable and writable.  Cool.

However, upload and download speeds are horrible.  Try 3.8kB upload and download on for size.

Otherwise it seems to be functioning normally.  So if you happen to use gmx, happen to use linux, and happen not to mind excruciatingly slow transfer speeds, GMX File Storage is for you!
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2009-01-21 18:35 (UTC)
Subject: GMX File Storage on Linux
I have been trying to do exactly what you describe here but I find that if I copy a file to GMX and then unmount the webdav server the file will be invisible on the next mount of the server. Interestingly, I can see the file using the GMX browser interface but not from command line. If I never unmount the server all works as normal. Have you noticed anything similar to this behavior? Thanks.
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User: ihilt
Date: 2009-01-21 19:27 (UTC)
Subject: Re: GMX File Storage on Linux
I haven't seen this behavior. Sounds like you are in fact copying the file to the gmx server. Does the touch command produce the same results?

I'm using davfs version 1.3.3. Your version might be buggy. Google might have more info.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2009-01-21 21:37 (UTC)
Subject: Re: GMX File Storage on Linux
Great to know that it works fine for you. My version is 1.1.2 from the Debian stable repository. Funny, my version works perfectly with another webdav server (myDisk.se) but exhibits this strange behavior only on GMX. . . OK, I just updated to 1.3.3 and it works fine. Thank for your comments and your original article. Take a look at myDisk.se also as a webdav server, it is pretty nice and more free storage than GMX currently.

Regards,
LM
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User: ihilt
Date: 2009-01-21 22:36 (UTC)
Subject: Re: GMX File Storage on Linux
myDisk.se isn't free, so that's not exactly a good reason to switch. However, if they have faster transfer speeds, I might look into it. Thanks for the tip.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2009-01-21 22:48 (UTC)
Subject: Re: GMX File Storage on Linux
myDisk.se DOES have a free account. Just click on "new account" and you will see it. Currently 2Gb free space and works very well.

Regards,
LM
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User: ihilt
Date: 2009-01-21 22:51 (UTC)
Subject: Re: GMX File Storage on Linux
Oh, you're absolutely right. I'll have to try it out.
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User: (Anonymous)
Date: 2009-01-21 23:44 (UTC)
Subject: Re: GMX File Storage on Linux
And one last comment. . . don't overlook gmailfs. A lot more free storage space (over 7Gb now) at the price of a 20Mb file size limit (if that's a problem). It's not a webdav server but I only use these FREE servers for secondary off premisis storage of some of my system backups. I wrote a very simple script that is run in a cron job that mounts the remote storage server, uses rsync to update certain directories, then unmounts the server. I travel a lot and I want widely available backups of certain files available wherever I go. I learned this recently (during the just passed Christmas holiday season) when my home file server suffered a power outage and would not fully reboot automatically due to a disk error that occurred at the time of the outage. I could not get to some pretty important files for 3 weeks. Now I have secondary backups that I can access if needed. But I'll probably never need the redundancy now that I have it!!

Best,
LM
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