Per user webdav access to their home directories ?

Frank Bonnet f.bonnet at
Tue Apr 24 11:25:09 UTC 2012

On 04/23/2012 03:52 PM, Ed W wrote:
> On 23/04/2012 08:50, Frank Bonnet wrote:
>> Hello
>> I would like to know if the following is possible with NGINX :
>> Setup a PERSONAL webdav access to our users, that is giving
>> access to their unix home directories thru a secure webdav.
>> If I understand well the main problem is the httpd process
>> has to switch to the user's identity after authentication ( LDAP )
>> to let him have RW access to his workspace.
>> Is it possible with the nginx beast ?
>> If yes, links to documentation would be welcome !
>> Thank you
> Another option seems to be to run a webdav client via some kind of 
> CGI.  There is a PHP library which gets plenty of recommendations.  
> I'm going to be investigating the Mojolicious webdav library because 
> it looks easy to extend and integrate into my environment (depends if 
> you have the capability to do some development).  There is also a 
> promising looking Perl DAV implementation
> I also came across a dav implementation testing tool.  Don't have the 
> name at my fingertips, but it seems like a rather good idea to run it 
> against your proposed implementation to at least baseline the kinds of 
> issues you can look forward to later.
> If you want to use nginx then I think it works ok if you collect 
> together the various patches and apply permissions via nginx 
> permission levels.  Not tried though as I decided the authentication 
> wasn't likely to be flexible enough for my needs (probably the fastest 
> option though?)
> Good luck
> Ed W

hello again

maybe there are "cloud like" applications running under nginx ?

my goal is to let users manage their workspace thru user friendly
interfaces , webdav seems a solution IF the http server know how
to switch to userid. I know this is a potential security problem but
I also know there are really GOOD programmers around there :-)
This function would be really practical with mobile devices.

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