I've setup a simple "server" type box with no X11 using Arch Linux. I've configured it to use DHCP when plugged into a network, which is fine.
I'm told the end user may sometimes want to connect it directly to a Windows PC (presumably in its default network configuration of using DHCP) with either a crossover cable or a hub, but no DHCP server. They want to access a few files on the box, currently shared with Samba.
I was thinking I could just install dhcpd and allow them to start and stop it, but it seems that dhcpd requires a statically configured IP on the interface which matches the subnet definition it has. It can't serve an address to the machine's own interface as the first client! (At least, I can't see how).
Is there a simple solution to this, or should I be looking at Avahi/Zeroconf? I have very little understanding of those so if people think they could be the right solution I need a couple of hints to narrow my research please.
Note, these shared files are text files not media files, in case it makes a difference.
Last edited by johncc; 01-26-2009 at 06:16 PM.