[ubuntu-uk] Sharing files and folders between two 14.04 machines

Alan Lord alanslists at gmail.com
Fri Oct 17 08:52:38 UTC 2014

On 17/10/14 09:33, Liam Proven wrote:
> On 16 October 2014 19:53, Gordon Burgess-Parker <gordonbp at mail.com> wrote:
>> Two 14.04 machines on the same LAN.
>> I am having THE MOST ridiculous time trying to share files and folders
>> across the LAN between these two machines.
>> I've installed Samba on each machine - won't connect.
>> I've tried installing ssh server and client on each machine, when I choose
>> "connect to server" it won't browse, and if I put the IP address of the
>> other machine in, the "connect" button is greyed out.
>> How DIFFICULT can it be to share files and folders between two Ubuntu 14.04
>> machines on the same LAN?
>> Grrrrrrrrr!
> This is the simplest guide a quick Google found:
> http://www.howtogeek.com/116309/use-ubuntus-public-folder-to-easily-share-files-between-computers/
> Ssh won't help. It's for a secure remote terminal -- letting you type
> commands on 1 PC from another -- not for file sharing. (It can do it,
> but it's not the primary purpose so it's not trivial.)

Err it is really quite trivial (assumes you already have openssh-server 
installed on the destination host as you said you have).

In the file browser (nautilus) click "Connect to server".

In the Server Address box type:

sftp://othermachinename.local [optionally add /any/path/you/want/to/specify]

If you are connecting as a different user to the other machine enter


click connect.

As it is all on your home network, I'd choose the "save password for 
ever" option and once it has connected, click the tool cog thingy and 
choose "Bookmark this location"


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