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Q: xdrive style file sharing on a linux server ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: xdrive style file sharing on a linux server
Category: Computers > Internet
Asked by: nonac-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 10 Jun 2003 13:04 PDT
Expires: 10 Jul 2003 13:04 PDT
Question ID: 215718
I am looking for open-source software that will allow me to offer
services similar to xdrive from a linux server.  The software should
be actively maintained and have at least an active forum to go to for
support.  I am willing to buy a support contract from a company who
develops it, but I require that it be open source so I can modify it
to use the same users table as other software on the server.

To let you know what I found on my own, phpfileexchange looks like it
would do the job but is not actively supported.  Xythos would
certainly do the job, but it is not open source.

Request for Question Clarification by maniac-ga on 10 Jun 2003 17:11 PDT
Hello Nonac,

There are a few alternatives that you can consider - but I am not
quite sure what you are looking for. I can't tell the kind of
solutions you would accept or not so I am providing a wide range as
suggestions and the answer can go into more detail on the solutions
you consider acceptable.

[1] Use phpfileexchange. Yes, a check of the change file shows no
updates in a year, but the company that provides it does offer to do
updates for a fee.
If this does what you want, this would be an alternative.

[2] Use Konqueror (with KDE) or Nautilus (with Gnome) to access an ftp
server. I use Konqueror on a regular basis and it works quite well
(both with and without passwords). You can access files on remote
servers almost as easily as with your local hard disk.

[3] Use a commercial service such as
which includes browser accessible collaboration software and services.

[4] Use a content management system (designed for web sites). Many
include a browser interface along with access control and may be
adaptable for your use.

[5] Use a version control system such as CVS. I use CVS almost daily
with a group of over a hundred developers and it works well. There are
also nice GUI interfaces for CVS available and in addition to multiple
versions, you can have the access controls you may need.

Please let me know the range of solutions you are interested in so I
can prepare a proper answer.


Clarification of Question by nonac-ga on 11 Jun 2003 06:18 PDT
The primary thing I'm looking for is the ability to offer file sharing
to small to medium sized groups of users (2-20) through a web
interface.  This has to be hosted on my server, so a third-party
service like is out.  I believe Konqueror and Nautilus
are clients, so that isn't what I'm looking for.

I am opened to using a content management system for this.  I
originally wanted to find a PostNuke module to do this, but I couldn't
find one.  I am not tied to PostNuke, so another content management
system that offers web-based file sharing is acceptable.

I have used CVS some myself, and I don't think it will work for my
intended audience which is church office workers sharing miscellaneous
office files.  They don't tend to be interested in version control
features, and the check-in/check-out processes may confuse them.

One thing you didn't mention in your request for clarification is
groupware.  That may be acceptable for this solution as well, but my
limited groupware research didn't turn up anything that will work. 
The line between group ware and content management systems is kind of
blurry, but I thought I'd throw this possibility in anyway.

As for phpfileexchange itself, I am a shying away from it because
there is so little documentation available on it.  I know I could pay
SeatleServer for support on it, but from there web site it looks like
phpfileexchange is sort of an abandoned side project for them.  If
they aren't actively maintaining it and they don't have any other
support contracts for it, then I doubt that there paid support will be
able to offer quick resolutions to problems.

Request for Question Clarification by sgtcory-ga on 11 Jun 2003 10:35 PDT
Hello nonac,

This is not open source, however, it comes very close. (thus the
request for clarification) Would something like this interest you :

Invision File Manager

"This license options allows you to download and use Invision Power
File Manager with no restrictions. You are also granted the right to
remove all the powered by and copyright messages the software outputs
on your pages with this license. "

According to the site you may also -

-customise the software's design and operation to suit internal needs

-create applications which interface with the operation of the

Let me know if this meet your needs.

Thanks for the clarification -

Clarification of Question by nonac-ga on 11 Jun 2003 11:01 PDT
Those license terms are acceptable, and from a brief look at the web
site, the software looks like the sort of thing I'm looking for.

Request for Question Clarification by sgtcory-ga on 11 Jun 2003 11:33 PDT

This software is probably the best in it's category. Does this answer
your question complete enough to be closed, or do you have further
concerns that relate to your original request?

Thanks for the clarification -

Clarification of Question by nonac-ga on 11 Jun 2003 11:40 PDT
You have answered my original question, but I have one more now.

If I close the question at this point without an actual answer being
posted, will you get paid?  I'll hold off on closing the question
until you either post something as an answer or let me know that it is
okay to close the question in an unanswered status.

Request for Question Clarification by sgtcory-ga on 11 Jun 2003 11:51 PDT
Hello nonac,

You can do whatever you like. If you close the question now, we
(Google Answers and I) do not get paid. If I post the program I found
as an answer, then I will receive a portion of the question posting
fee for finding a suitable program.

Either way is legal and fair. The best way to decide is to ask
yourself if you have received your $10 worth. While the money is
always nice, it's better in my eyes that the clients (you) feel they
get the answer needed.

We normally do not post answers in the clarification area. Once in
while it's almost impossible not to. I have found myself often
answering questions in clarification rounds where I offer ideas that
may not fit the original question.

Please do let me know either way and thanks for the great questions!


Clarification of Question by nonac-ga on 11 Jun 2003 13:43 PDT
Please do post this in the answers section.  You have answered my
question already and it's only fair that you get credit for your work.
Subject: Re: xdrive style file sharing on a linux server
Answered By: sgtcory-ga on 11 Jun 2003 13:49 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hello nonac,

Sounds fair to me, and thanks for letting me assist you. Here is the
program I mentioned above :

Invision File Manager 

In addition, you may want to look at some other porgrams that fall
into a similar catagory and can probably be modified for your use :

PHP File Management scripts

While most of the above are FTP type programs, many are Open Source
GPL, so you can modify them to suit your needs. I didn't list them
each individually as there are far too many ;-)

I hope this helps, and please do not hesitate to ask for clarification
should you need it!

Search Strategy Used : Prior Knowledge

nonac-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00

Subject: Re: xdrive style file sharing on a linux server
From: dee2_2004-ga on 10 May 2004 13:28 PDT
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