Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General
User Name
Linux - General This Linux forum is for general Linux questions and discussion.
If it is Linux Related and doesn't seem to fit in any other forum then this is the place.


  Search this Thread
Old 08-08-2008, 03:24 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2008
Distribution: Left LQ. Mods are too Rude!
Posts: 598

Rep: Reputation: 50
Question GmailFS

I have some questions about GmailFS. I just started using it about 30 minutes ago, as of this post.

1 - Is it secure?
2 - If not, what are the known or possible security issues?
3 - Are there any file losses?
4 - Is there a way to access what is added straight from the Gmail account?
5 - Can someone show me their working fstab line to auto mount GmailFS? (Minus your username and password of course.) I can't seem to get this part working. I can mount it fine from the command line, but that is it.

(I wasn't sure where to post this. So I posted it here. If there is a better spot could one of the mods please move it? Thanks.)
Old 08-08-2008, 03:30 PM   #2
LQ Guru
Registered: Jan 2004
Location: NJ, USA
Distribution: Slackware, Debian
Posts: 5,852

Rep: Reputation: 357Reputation: 357Reputation: 357Reputation: 357
Well, I have never used GmailFS, but my understanding is that it breaks up files into 10 MB chunks and then attaches them to messages, so it is almost like a RAID setup; where data is stripped to multiple elements. This means that unless the files you are saving were under 10 MB to start with, you couldn't just log into Gmail and access a specific file; you would need to merge however many chunks back into the original file.

As for security, it is as secure as Gmail is normally; so make of that what you will.
Old 08-08-2008, 03:48 PM   #3
Registered: Jun 2008
Distribution: Left LQ. Mods are too Rude!
Posts: 598

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 50
Thanks. I am starting to understand this a little better now.
Old 08-08-2008, 08:02 PM   #4
Senior Member
Registered: Jun 2008
Distribution: debian, ubuntu, sidux
Posts: 1,125
Blog Entries: 2

Rep: Reputation: 124Reputation: 124
If your worried about the file contents being snooped, just encrypt the files before adding them to your GmailFS. I haven't noticed any file loss and I've had files up there for a couple of years.
Old 08-09-2008, 01:49 AM   #5
Registered: Jun 2008
Distribution: Left LQ. Mods are too Rude!
Posts: 598

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 50
Thanks, I am playing around with a few different things right now to encrypt files.


data, file, fstab, gmail, gmailfs, loss, mount, secure, security

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
a GmailFS problem shriny Linux - Software 2 03-28-2007 11:56 PM
gmailFS binary_dreamer Debian 9 08-31-2006 05:10 PM
Help with Gmailfs mdofl1 Linux - Software 1 10-22-2005 11:06 PM
gmailfs juniox Slackware 13 09-18-2005 01:17 PM
Gmailfs zoharPL Debian 4 04-03-2005 04:30 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - General

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:05 AM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Facebook: linuxquestions Google+: linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration