Blocks: Windows Share access (AKA Network Drive Access, SMB Web Client)

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Access windows shares via a Moodle web interface.
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Access windows shares via a Moodle web interface.

Configuring shares is done by adding them to a text area field (easier to edit, etc). This text area field is progressively enhanced in to a YUI3 table as per the following screen shot.

admin page for windows share access block

picture of windows share access block and share folders and files being displayed


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  • Picture of Dan Jackson
    Wed, 18 Feb 2015, 12:01 AM
    CentOS 7, Moodle 2.6, smbclient 4.1.1

    On line 1587 of class_smbwebclient.php, add N to the list of attributes in order for this to work.

    We recently migrated from an Ubuntu server to a CentOS server and found this block no longer worked properly (we were getting a rogue "N" at the end of file names and they were coming up OBJECT_NAME_NOT_FOUND). Our Moodle support company looked at it and let us know that this was the problem.
  • Picture of Guy Thomas
    Wed, 18 Feb 2015, 12:43 AM
    @Dan Jackson - I've uploaded a new version today that fixes the 'N' issue.
  • Picture of Paul Clarke
    Mon, 16 Mar 2015, 9:48 PM
    Hi Guy - Long time no speak!!

    I have a few small issues with the WSAB Block on Moodle 2.7

    The block is working, however. The home folder picks up the same name as the Block Title. Even though I have changed it in the config.

    Secondly I get the message “Warning: Creating default object from empty value in E:\wwwroot\moodle\config.php on line 5 share definition missing pipe symbol” displayed at the top of the window each time we open a folder.

    Thirdly, as our logins are linked to Active Directory, could we get the block to automatically authenticate us instead of asking for it again?
  • Picture of Paul Clarke
    Tue, 17 Mar 2015, 4:15 PM
    Hi Guy, we have managed to get rid of the error.

    However, still can;t get it to authenticate automatically even with LDAP Capture installed.

    Also we have the issue with files downloading corrupted or only 1k being sent.

    I have disabled the AV scan, I have also used IP address rather than FQDN of the windows server that the share resides in.

    Any ideas before I abandon this?
  • Picture of tim larcombe
    Sat, 19 Sep 2015, 3:04 AM
    I am hoping someone can help. We have installed this plugin on moodle 2.9. I am testing it only as an admin at the moment. It seems to have installed just fine. I can get all the way to see my folders and files. But i can not open or download anything. Is there something i need to do, to be able to do this?
  • Picture of Florian D
    Wed, 2 Mar 2016, 10:25 PM
    Having an issue using the block on moodle 3.0.2+

    it has upgraded the database without any hiccups, smbclient is installed on utuntu 14.04 and connects fine but within the block settings nothing happens when we click on Add, next to shares. Reloading the page shows an input box for just a moment then it vanishes again.

    Probably something silly, maube someone has an idea?

  • Picture of Ian Williams
    Mon, 1 Aug 2016, 10:15 PM
    Hi Guy
    We have previously had this block working fine with Moodle 3.1 on Ubuntu 14.04. During the summer we have re-built the site on Ubuntu 16.04 with the latest version of Moodle 3.1.
    When I open the block and enter my windows credentials, all I can see is a blank folder. The moodle error file lists the following eveytime I open the block:
    [Mon Aug 01 15:05:14.389634 2016] [:error] [pid 3163] [client] PHP Warning: uasort() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /var/www/html/ on line 1296, referer:
    Have I gone wrong somewhere?
    Ian Williams
  • Picture of Peter de Groot
    Thu, 20 Oct 2016, 2:50 PM

    Me too. Just upgraded our moodle site to Ubuntu 16.04 and moodle 3.1.2+ and getting exactly the same error.

    Warning: uasort() expects parameter 1 to be array, null given in /mnt/d2/moodle/blocks/smb_web_client/class_smbwebclient.php on line 1296

    A look at the code

    # fix a smbclient bug (i think)
    if (! isset($this->servers[$server]))
    $this->servers[$server] = array ('name'=>$server, 'type'=>'server', 'comment'=>'');
    # sort and select results
    $results = array (
    'network' => 'workgroups', 'workgroup' => 'servers',
    'server' => 'shares', 'share' => 'files', 'folder' => 'files',
    'printer' => 'printjobs'
    if (isset($results[$this->type])) {
    $this->results = $this->$results[$this->type];
    # we need a global var for the compare function
    $GLOBALS['SMBWEBCLIENT_SORT_BY'] = ($this->order <> '') ? $this->order : 'NA';
    Here ? ========> uasort($this->results, array('samba', '_GreaterThan'));
    return $this->status;

    Does this smbclient bug still exist ? smile


  • Picture of Peter de Groot
    Thu, 27 Oct 2016, 12:47 PM

    Bump... bump...... Please sad
  • Picture of Paul Clarke
    Thu, 27 Oct 2016, 3:13 PM
    We have actually disabled it now as it simply refuses to work in our environment. Such a shame.
  • Picture of Guy Thomas
    Thu, 27 Oct 2016, 5:54 PM
    @Peter / @Paul / @Ian - I am working on this at the moment with very limited time. Sorry I haven't been very communicative recently - I've had a lot on with work / other projects.
  • Picture of Guy Thomas
    Mon, 31 Oct 2016, 8:04 PM
    @Peter / @Ian

    Download the latest master branch via git as there is a *possible* fix included for your Ubuntu 16.04 (PHP7) issue:
  • Picture of Guy Thomas
    Mon, 7 Nov 2016, 10:23 PM
    @Peter / @Ian - has the github hosted version fixed your issues with Ubuntu 16.04 (PHP7) ?
  • Picture of Peter de Groot
    Mon, 21 Nov 2016, 3:51 PM

    Guy... Most sincere apologies. For some reason I was not subscribed this forum and did not get the posts emailed. I am sorry.

    Downloaded from Github. Deleted the old code and replaced with the updated stuff.

    Hit the home page and it updated the database. Seems to be working..

    Many many thanks.

    Without seeming to be ungrateful... Just a small usuability thing. When using FF the login screen seems to be at the top-left of the window.

    And I cannot seem to reproduce it .. but when I deleted the old code.. I had some 70 Gig of files in sub direcotories, that appear to be what had been downloaded. I will keep an eye on that and post if I notice it again...

    Once again .. Thank you.

  • Picture of Guy Thomas
    Mon, 21 Nov 2016, 5:27 PM
    @Peter - thanks for the update - I'm glad it's usable for you again. I think the login screen is a system dialog so I'm not sure I can do anything about it.
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