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Old 07-26-2005, 08:16 PM   #1
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Unhappy ./New to Linux/Never networked/Help


I have 2 computers with Suse 9.2 Pro both using KDE 3.3. We have a cable connection. The modem is connected to a Netgear Prosafe VPN Firewall model FVS318 router/hubby thing. The two of us want to set up a home network to share music, pictures, docs ect.. I have no idea where to start.

I have looked for awhile now, and the posts seem to focus on particular problems. I guess i'm looking for how to begin.
Any help would be great.
 
Old 07-26-2005, 08:55 PM   #2
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There are a number of options for sharing files between two Linux machines.

The pure Unix way, which is a little less advanced, is to use NFS. For that, you should set up a folder on one of the machines [this machine will be more or less a file server] and add it to /etc/exports. If you create a folder such as /var/music, just to get started, it's easiest to chmod 777 that folder. Once you have that done, add the following line to your /etc/exports:

/var/music *(rw)

Once you do that, run the command:

exportfs -ra

On the other machine, you should run

mount -t nfs your.server:/var/music /mnt/music

Change your.server to your server's IP address or hostname, change /var/music to whatever folder you've shared, and change /mnt/music to the place on the other machine where you want to be able to access the files.

Another option is to use Samba to share the files. If you're using two Linux boxes alone, it's kind of silly to use Samba, which is Windows file sharing. However, it can be done. There's no easy way to get started on that, except for reading the configuration examples and copying in your own information. The Samba HOWTO has more information on that.

Please refer to these documents:
The NFS HOWTO
The SMB HOWTO [rather outdated]

If you have any more questions along the way, feel free to ask here.
 
  


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