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Old 12-10-2002, 12:39 PM   #1
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Redhat 8.0 - checking for hosts

I just installed Redhat 8.0 on two machines on a home network. A third machine is running Windows XP. It was a pleasant surprise to find that if I access the Internet (dial in) on the XP machine the Linux machines are also connected. Nice! But I can't figure out how to share files. Just between the two Linux machines -- the XP machine can come later. If someone could just point me to a document or How-To that will probably be sufficient.

Old 12-10-2002, 12:43 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

If you want to share stuff between any two *nix machines, then NFS is what you're after. If, however, there is the possibility of a Windows machine being involved, even in the future, then you will want to look at SAMBA. There are howtos on the topic over at The Linux Doc Project (see my sig) and plenty of stuff on these forums too.

Hope this helps.
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take a look around for docs or type " samba howto" on

Please tell us that you have a firewall....
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If Samba seems all too complex......

Step 1:

Set up a file(etc/exports) on the sytem you want to link to to show what directories you want to share. eg

/home/robert *.localdomain

Step 2:

Check that your firewall settings allow nfs. The lokkit utility allows you to do this or your can select system setting ---> security level from the gnome menu.

Step 3:

Check that portmapper etc are running by issuing rpcinfo -p. rehat 8.0 starts these automatically on both systems so you should be OK

Step 4:

Mount the remote file after creating a directory on your home system (eg /mnt/robert)

mount system2:/home/robert /mnt/robert

where system2 is the symbolic name of the system you want to link to assuming this is defined in your etc/hosts file. otherwsie use the IP address

mount /mnt/robert

Step 5

For a really simple approach for windows, install samba then issue the command

smbmount //windowmachine/c /mnt/c

where windowsmachine is the name of the windows system and mnt/c is a driectory set up for the link. You should then see the windows C disk in Nautilus


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