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I'm trying to access the Public folder of my Gnome 3 system from Windows 10 computers in the same network. Gnome's File Sharing dialog says that the Public folder can be accessed at dav://(hostname)/local, meaning it's shared by WebDAV (right?), but Windows 10's file explorer mustn't accept dav connections, as when I type it into the location bar, it sends me to the Windows Store.

I know there's nothing wrong with my network, as I can access my Public folder from another Gnome 3 system at the dav:// address.

Is there a way for dav:// connections to be made from Windows 10, at least without any extra software? I've tried using http(s) instead of dav, but that doesn't work either. (I'm fine with using FTP sharing instead, but I'd to see if I can get this to work.)

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Following https://www.webdavsystem.com/server/access/windows/ I just succeded with typing into the Windows Explorer address bar:

    \\<IP address>@<port number>\DavWWWRoot

With a working DNS <server name> will do instead of <IP address> I guess. The port number was found using lsof -i and looking for apache2 ports in mode LISTEN on the WebDAV server.

This gave me the content of the public files of my Debian GNU/Linux 9.5 (stretch) machine, see https://help.gnome.org/users/gnome-help/stable/sharing-personal.html.en.

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  • Finally got a chance to try this, it worked! Thanks! Jan 30 '19 at 0:09
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gnome personal file sharing uses Multicast-DNS (mdns) /zeroconf / bonjour

https://commaster.net/content/how-resolve-multicast-dns-windows

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonjour_(software)

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