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Old 04-13-2009, 03:23 PM   #1
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how to connect a pc with xp to a computer with linux using lan

i have two computers connected to a common lan . and i want to share files just between these two computer. i have installed samba.. but i still dont know how to use it
Old 04-13-2009, 03:42 PM   #2
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Hello, if zou have installed samba, and it is configured properly, then zou can browse with your XP machine the network neighboorhodd, and the samba machine appears as a normal windows computer with his shared folders.
For samba you have:
- to start the service (/etc/init.d/samba start)
- to define a workgroup name, workstation name (workstation=xxx)
- define a shared folder ([shared folder], path=/to/unixfolder)
- activate a samba user (smbpasswd -a username)

on the windows machine you can call the machine directly with
in an explorer window.

This all is not complicated, but maybe you experience some problems... In this case you should have a look into the logfiles of samba /var/log/samba/

If you need a quick an dirty one time solution, you should use WINSCP, it is a windows application, it opens a ssh connection to the linux machine (ssh service must be running), when the mechine is reachable by IP you have directly access without any problems...
the speed is not the highest possible but 10-11MB/sec should be possible too....

Good Luck Randolf Balasus


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