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Is it possible to say, map a drive from my local workstation to, say, /var/www/myproject on my server (Rackspace Cloud / fedora 14) ??

How would I go about setting it up. . . ? Would there be any negative effects on a webserver (apache2), serving files out of that dir ?

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If the local resource is available on the web server, yes, of course it's possible.

Whether it's desirable is another matter, since filesharing protocols are inherently less secure than a point-to-point HTTP connection.

I would personally set up apache locally and proxy the public URL to the workstation, so it won't waste time timing out a network connection when your workstation is unreachable.

If what you're asking is: can I offer resources on my local workstation on the internet without exposing the local machine to the internet - no, obviously not.

But using a proxy you can restrict access to only the public apache machine; it will forward the data from the workstation to the client without ever giving the client access to the local workstation.

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