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Old 01-31-2003, 01:35 PM   #1
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Linux roaming profiles, but WITHOUT WINDOWS


I've been looking for hours for info on roaming profiles.

I have seen tons of info on setting up windows PC's with roaming profiles. Even people wanting to use a linux box for serving windows Profiles.

But what about a linux box serving linux box.

I haven't seen any how-to's on roaming profiles for a "linux only" network.

I'm using Debian with KDE. I was wondering if you can.. (we'll of course you can)... have roaming profiles where you can log on to any computer and have your profile load from a central PDC. Just like windows, BUT NOT windows

Ringo.

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Old 01-31-2003, 01:41 PM   #2
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oops...
double negative: WITHOUT NO WINDOWS

but i guess you know what i mean. (linux only network)


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Old 01-31-2003, 04:14 PM   #3
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Hmm... NFS comes immediately to mind, and although this is *extremely* insecure from hackers and such, a person's home directory could be on an NFS partition that is mounted when they log in. Can't think of any built in solutions right now.
 
Old 02-01-2003, 09:40 AM   #4
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It looks like NFS is the same as Samba (network share program).

I did try the Samba. I had my home directory shared on my first PC. I succefully mounted it in place of where my home directory is on a second pc.

Everything looked fine. When I logged in, it used files in my home directory on the other PC. But when I logged into KDE, it gave me some kind of DCOPserver error. It was looking for a file .DCOPserver_ringo_:0 when in my home directory it was .DCOPserver_stinger_:0

ringo and stinger are my 2 PC names.

There must be some software that handles the whole roaming idea rather than just a shared directory?

Or am I missing something?

Ringo..............
P.S. Not worried about security. Nothing important there
 
Old 02-01-2003, 03:39 PM   #5
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Um, that issue hits you a lot even when your home directory is local. You might want to go back to trying to resolve the DCOP issue, and stick with the Samba set up. Other than that DCOP problem, did KDE work for you?
 
Old 02-01-2003, 03:47 PM   #6
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YOU need NFS

it is possbile , usign nfs, you share the home as exported file,
and then make sure that all machines have the users acounts , same password etc. etc.
so at all machines you mount the export file ex.

/your-nfs-server/home

so any time that user logis in he gest his home folder fromany linux box
 
Old 02-01-2003, 06:18 PM   #7
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I never get DCOP errors unless I go with the sharing home directories.

the only problem is the computers name.
KDE will look for DCOP_computername_ or something like that.

If the local computer name is different from the server name, it doesn't work. I will try some symlinks the next time I try it.

Like, .DCOP_computername_ ---> .DCOP_servername_ to see if that works.
I just can't try it untill i'm at work tomorow.

My idea is to make a .DCOP sym-link for each computer name that the profiles will be used on.

Ringo.....
 
Old 02-02-2003, 05:48 PM   #8
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A central machine setup for NIS+ or LDAP, where all client machines use that machine for home directories and authentication will do what you want.
 
Old 11-22-2004, 06:07 PM   #9
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I found this, this is exactly what your looking for !
https://www.eng.uwaterloo.ca/twiki/b.../TechnicalDocs

all do I think he has a messy solution buy copying everything but it does the job
 
  


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