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Old 04-15-2010, 11:53 AM   #1
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Syncing computers on a network?


Hello all,
i am currently running Ubuntu 9.10 on my laptop, and the 9.10 netbook remix on my HP Mini. I have set up a Samba connection, so I can access the files from my laptop from the netbook, but I am wondering about software to make synchronization of particular folders in my home folder easier, especially since with my setup now, if I access my laptop's home folder from the netbook, I can see all the folders, including the hidden ones!

Any suggestions on network syncing software, or access methods that might be a more appropriate?

Many thanks in advance.
 
Old 04-15-2010, 12:08 PM   #2
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Hello all,
i am currently running Ubuntu 9.10 on my laptop, and the 9.10 netbook remix on my HP Mini. I have set up a Samba connection, so I can access the files from my laptop from the netbook, but I am wondering about software to make synchronization of particular folders in my home folder easier, especially since with my setup now, if I access my laptop's home folder from the netbook, I can see all the folders, including the hidden ones!

Any suggestions on network syncing software, or access methods that might be a more appropriate?

Many thanks in advance.
rsync would be the first to come to mind...

But if you can see the files via samba...why would you want to "sync" them? Just curious...

-C
 
Old 04-16-2010, 06:22 AM   #3
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rsync would be the first to come to mind...

But if you can see the files via samba...why would you want to "sync" them? Just curious...

-C
There are only certain directories I need to sync, as my tendency now is to work from the laptop at home, and take the netbook out and about. I have just been told I don't need samba to access between machines, so i am a little confused. Networking is not my strong point.
 
Old 04-16-2010, 07:14 AM   #4
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I have just been told I don't need samba to access between machines, so i am a little confused.
Samba provides MS Windows networking facilities on a Linux system. Originally it was simply an SMB file server. That's where the name Samba came from. Now Samba is much more but all around providing MS windows networking facilities on Linux systems. It's a great solution and very mature but there are differences between Windows file systems and Linux file systems in permissions and case-sensitivity. Samba has no option but to fudge these which it does as best as it can.

You are running only Linux so there is no need to simulate a Windows network file system with the inevitable fudging. A better choice would be NFS which is network file sharing by Linux for Linux (actually it pre-dates Linux, coming from the UNIX world).
 
  


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