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Gain fast Finder access to your Goliath iDisk Desktop
After discovering Goliath for iDisk access (thanks to this hint from cram), I wanted a way to make it nearly as seamless as the integrated Finder support that Apple's iDisk icon provides. Using the Finder's toolbar, it's actually quite easy to do.

Use Goliath to connect to your iDisk. Use File -> Save Connection As to create a new connection document for the iDisk connection, and save it somewhere on your drive. Switch to the Finder, do a Show Info on the Apple iDisk icon, select the icon, and copy. Navigate to the new Goliatch connection document, click on it (with Show Info still open), select the icon, hit paste. Rename the Goliath shortcut 'iDisk' and drag it into the Finder's toolbar. Drag out the Apple original icon.

Now I have the same one-click Finder access with Apple's stock iDisk icon, but it connects via Goliath with 10x the speed. Yea, this is a basic tip but sometimes those are the best kind ;-).

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Authored by: bluehz on Apr 19, '02 10:57:13AM

Now if we could just figure out how to use the builtin mount_webdav commands so we could do this through scripting, terminal, etc. In particular I want to use it with rsync to automate a small backup nightly to my iDisk. Unfortunately when I mount my iDisk via Goliath it does not show up in the Volumes as mounted and can't really be used for backups, etc...unless I am missing something here.

With mount_webdav command a sehll script can be incorporated that creates a mount point, mounts the idisk, then runs rsync to perform the backup/sync.

There was a post in here about this exact procedure:

Automount your idisk at startup

I have tried and tried to get the techniques to work listed with no luck at all. The procedure explains how to send your log/pass in a format that I am not really sure I understand. The author is anonymous so contact is not possible. I have posted ? on forums with no replies. Sure would like to open up this topic again since we are on the topic of WebDAV.

Does anyone have ANY IDEAS on the proper procedure for using mount_webdav? Please explain.

- thx

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mount_webdav format
Authored by: tz on Apr 19, '02 07:47:36PM

The format is a pair of 4 bytes which is the length of the string, followed by the string. e.g. for a string ABCDEFG, it would be 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x06 0x41 0x42 0x43 0x44 0x45 0x46 - 6 bytes long, so 0 0 0 6, followed by "ABCDEF".

You need the username len/string followed by the password len/string.

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mount_webdav format
Authored by: bluehz on Apr 20, '02 09:04:04AM

That explains it a little better. So in the example you provided - you would send:

UserLen: 0x000x00x00x06
User: ABCDEF < 0x410x420x430x440x450x46
PWLen: 0x000x000x000x03
Pass: ABC < 0x410x420x43

You would send:


to this command:

mount_webdav -a0<user> /Volumes/<mount>

Is this correct?

In the example earlier they CAT a file to the I would put:


into the text file.

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Access to iDisk from the finder
Authored by: massimo_delsole on Apr 19, '02 06:36:55PM

One thing is still lacking: the folders show up in the Goliath window, rather than in the Finder window...


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Access to iDisk from the finder
Authored by: bluehz on Apr 19, '02 07:45:52PM

Exactly - the disk is never really "mounted" via this method so you can't really use any of the typical sync/backup software to affect the iDisk.

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