how to get mac to understand windows' file://server1/folder1/folder2/spreadsheet.xls

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by PetteriM, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. PetteriM macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2009

    Does anyone know how to make mac understand links to network resource links such as file://server1/folder1/folder2/spreadsheet.xls?

    If i replace it with smb://
    it of course works. The problem is, that i get constantly emails with such links from colleagues who use Windows.

    I've tried to create entries in hosts file to solve this, but it hasn't worked so far. Has anyone else managed to solve this file:// --> smb:// mapping?

  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    That is a standard URL. Your Mac should have no problem "understanding" it. The fact that it does not may indicate that the URL itself is not correct in some fashion.
  3. macrem macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2008
    file:// works on local files, or locally mounted, accessible files...

    (e.g., create a mount to the server at root level: "/server1"; however, you'd still have to insert another "/" = file:///server1 )

    Perhaps "file://" could be interpreted as "smb://" in email links with Applescript?

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