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Updated: Wednesday, February 9, 2022

vfs_media_harmony (8)


vfs_media_harmony - Allow multiple Avid clients to share a network drive.


vfs objects = media_harmony


System Administration tools                               VFS_MEDIA_HARMONY(8)

       vfs_media_harmony - Allow multiple Avid clients to share a network

       vfs objects = media_harmony

       This VFS module is part of the samba(7) suite.

       The vfs_media_harmony VFS module allows Avid editorial workstations to
       share a network drive. It does this by:

               1. Giving each client their own copy of the Avid msmMMOB.mdb
                  and msmFMID.pmr files and Creating directories.

               2. Allowing each client to explicitly control the write time
                  the Avid application sees on Avid media directories.

       This module is stackable.

       vfs_media_harmony automatically redirects requests from clients for
       Avid database files or an Avid Creating directory to a client-specific
       version of the file. No configuration beyond enabling the module is
       needed to get this portion of its functionality working.

       If Mac and Windows Avid clients will be accessing the same folder, they
       should be given separate share definitions, with hidden Mac files
       vetoed on the Windows share. See EXAMPLES.

       To allow each client to control when the Avid application refreshes
       their Avid databases, create files for each client and each Avid media
       directory with the name
       [avid_dir_name]_[client_ip_address]_[client_username]. To trigger Avid
       database refreshes, update the write time on those files. See EXAMPLES.

       It is also necessary for the cache locked write times = no option to be
       set for clients to be able to control their Avid media folder write

       Enable media_harmony for Mac and Windows clients:

                path = /avid
                vfs objects = media_harmony
                cache locked write times = no
                path = /avid
                vfs objects = media_harmony
                cache locked write times = no
                veto files = /.DS_Store/._@/.Trash@/.Spotlight@/.hidden/.hotfiles@/.vol/
                delete veto files = yes

       Create the files that will allow users david and susan to control their
       own Avid database refreshes:

                touch '/avid/OMFI MediaFiles_192.168.1.10_david' \
                     '/avid/OMFI MediaFiles_192.168.1.11_susan' \
                     '/avid/Avid MediaFiles/MXF/1_192.168.1.10_david' \
                     '/avid/Avid MediaFiles/MXF/1_192.168.1.11_susan'

       Trigger an Avid database refresh for user david:

                touch '/avid/OMFI MediaFiles_192.168.1.10_david' \
                     '/avid/Avid MediaFiles/MXF/1_192.168.1.10_david'

       If you have a large number of Avid media folders to manage, you can
       give each editor a suitably modified version of
       examples/scripts/vfs/media_harmony/trigger_avid_update.py to create and
       update these files.

       vfs_media_harmony is designed to work with Avid editing applications
       that look in the Avid MediaFiles or OMFI MediaFiles directories for
       media. It is not designed to work as expected in all circumstances for
       general use. For example: It is possible to open a client-specific file
       such as msmMMOB.mdb_192.168.1.10_userx even though it doesn't show up
       in a directory listing.

       This man page is part of version 4.13.14 of the Samba suite.

       The original Samba software and related utilities were created by
       Andrew Tridgell. Samba is now developed by the Samba Team as an Open
       Source project similar to the way the Linux kernel is developed.

       See attributes(7) for descriptions of the following attributes:

       |Availability   | service/network/samba |
       |Stability      | Volatile              |

       Source code for open source software components in Oracle Solaris can
       be found at https://www.oracle.com/downloads/opensource/solaris-source-

       This software was built from source available at
       https://github.com/oracle/solaris-userland.  The original community
       source was downloaded from

       Further information about this software can be found on the open source
       community website at http://www.samba.org/.

Samba 4.13.14                     12/22/2021              VFS_MEDIA_HARMONY(8)