Can't get WebDAV working in Vista

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Can't get WebDAV working in Vista

Postby Shiva1 » 14. September 2007 23:27

Hi everyone,

I'm running the latest version of XAMPP, and can't get WebDAV running. I tried enabling it on my customized setup, but when that didn't work, I reverted to the default .conf files, and still no go. The server serves up the /webdav index page fine, but I can't connect to it using Network Folders or View as Folder, and the DavLockDB file doesn't get created in /tmp.

Any idea what might be wrong? I suspect a permissions issue, but I've tried running apache as Administrator, as a service, from the control panel, from the console, etc., with no luck.

I'd appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!
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Postby Izzy » 15. September 2007 02:30

In the above FAQ:
Q. Can non-DAV applications be converted to use DAV?

A. ...The applications in Office 2000 are the first non-collaborative applications to be DAV-enabled, and others will surely follow...

...Microsoft is also providing a feature called "Web folders" which makes a collection on a DAV server appear to be a directory in Windows. Non-DAV applications cannot work with these folders because the files/folders are only an appearance -- they are not mapped into a local file system. A Windows "redirector" could be written to make them appear as a local file system, but until that time, applications will need to be changed to work with a DAV-enabled server.

So I am not sure if your Network Folders will be WebDAV compatible in Vista
(since Win98 Web Folders have been compatible with WebDAV but the Web Folders feature has been removed from Vista)
as it seems to me that Vista has issues with WebDAV (see Google search below).

I know it works in applications like DreamWeaver and as you say DAV is working by default in the XAMPP installation.

You may have to do some more WebDAV research on the methods you want to employ to use it's features in Vista.

A Google for webdav on Vista revealed some useful reading with what appears to be several solutions (possibly a Vista WebDAV patch) by peeps having similar issues as you.

Take a look at the new DeskTopXampp launch control for XAMPP and XAMPPlite (DTX.exe)
posted by ridgewood: ... 967#103967
Also available here:
I highly recommend DTX.
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Postby Shiva1 » 15. September 2007 04:08

Thanks Izzy. I suspected something like that, but I tried through Internet Explorer as well (Open Location -> Open as Web Folder), and that didn't work either. Vista may have something to do with that, though, so I'll do some more research on that.

Does it mean anything that the lock file isn't being created, though? Or will it only be created upon successfully logging on to the WebDAV folder?
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