You can check my earlier blog post on how to mount WebDAV share using command-line or fstab (file systems table), but you are not limited to these two options as you can use systemd to take care of the whole process and automount WebDAV resource on demand.
davfs2 package to mount WebDAV resource as regular file system.
$ sudo apt-get install davfs2
There is no need to allow unprivileged users to mount WebDAV resources during configuration phase.
Store username and password for the remote WebDAV share.
$ cat << EOF | sudo tee -a /etc/davfs2/secrets # personal webdav, application password /mnt/dav milosz mypassword # older versions used URL, it is equivalent for compatibility reasons #https://nextcloud.example.com/remote.php/webdav/ milosz mypassword EOF
Create systemd mount unit configuration.
$ cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/systemd/system/mnt-dav.mount [Unit] Description=Mount personal Nextcloud WebDAV After=network-online.target Wants=network-online.target [Mount] What=https://nextcloud.example.com/remote.php/webdav/ Where=/mnt/dav Options=noauto,user,uid=milosz,gid=milosz Type=davfs TimeoutSec=60 [Install] WantedBy=remote-fs.target EOF
Create systemd automount unit configuration and define idle timeout (i.e. unmount or after specified period of inactivity), which is a really cool feature.
$ cat << EOF | sudo tee /etc/systemd/system/mnt-dav.automount [Unit] Description=Mount personal Nextcloud WebDAV automount After=network-online.target Wants=network-online.target [Automount] Where=/mnt/dav TimeoutIdleSec=300 [Install] WantedBy=remote-fs.target EOF
Reload systemd manager configuration.
$ sudo systemctl daemon-reload
Enable automount service at boot time.
$ sudo systemctl enable mnt-dav.automount
Start the automount service right away.
$ sudo systemctl start mnt-dav.automount
You can create fstab entry to achieve the same results, but it is too easy to mess up everything.
I really mean it.
Remember, mount units must be named after the mount point directories they control.
You can easily identify this problem by spotting the following log entry.
Where= setting doesn't match unit name. Refusing.
See how to mount NFS share using systemd blog post for more information on how to escape mount directory name.