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Old 05-12-2008, 05:59 PM   #1
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Configuring a Buffalo NAS from the command line by calling the GUI


Does anybody know how you'd go about configuring a Buffalo NAS from the command line? It'd actually be a lot less work by doing so, as it could be put in a batch file or Linux script then. It's running the firmware that came with it, and I want it to stay that way! But it'd be better to use the command line to configure it all the same.

So I'm basically trying to call the GUI from the command line somehow. When you go to the URL to start it, 2.1.1.2, in my case, it links you to http://2.1.1.2/cgi-bin/top.cgi. This device pretty much seems to stay that way when used, so it's all the code must be contained in that file. How would you call it's code with a web browser like lynx to complete common tasks like adding users and groups?
 
Old 05-12-2008, 09:34 PM   #2
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One small thing I could do, and it might enable me to simply use the Linux command line utillity I already wrote, is try acp_commander. Then I could get telnet access all the time. That sounds cool.

But the questions about that method are these:

1) This doesn't modify the firmware, right?
2) Is it safe, the readme says it might "brick" the thing, but is the telnet command safe? I can have no chance of bricking the thing because I only have money for the one I bought, no money to buy replacements. That's why I don't even want to try flashing. Plus, it's simple to set up, it's just I need an automated method if possible so adding users and groups doesn't take all day.

Even if it worked, right now I'd not want to make what's simple complicated by making it a full-blown Linux server, powerful though I know it can be. For that, I want to use my old PC, but not relying on it's setup for simple file management.

But if acp_commander is basically 100% chance of not bricking the thing when I do a simple telnet enabling, and if it's trivial to make it come on all the time, and if it would accept my commands using a modified version of the same script to add users and groups, and if I did so, I could also rely on it showing up in the web-based utillity, then there's no reason to force going through the web utillity.

But if there's a 5% chance of bricking it or more, that's way too much and I'm simply looking then to go through the web-based utillity and automate that instead.
 
  


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