networking desktop to laptop

Scott Henson scotth at
Sun May 15 22:18:50 UTC 2005

On Sun, 2005-05-15 at 16:22 -0400, Michael Beattie wrote:
> On 5/15/05, Dr W Hunter Blair <whblai1 at> wrote:
> > The computer are on a working wireless network. i.e. they connect with
> > the internet through the wireless access point.
> > 
> > I want to be able to write -mainly open office files - stored on the
> > desktop, from the laptop, and save them back to the desktop. I also
> > would like to print from the laptop to the printer attached to the
> > desktop. I feel that I should be able to look all this up, but I seem to
> > have a mental block over this.
> > 
> > Thank you in advance again,
> I think the easiest thing to do for the office documents is to install
> openssh and then when you want something, just copy it over.  That way
> you dont have to worry about mounting and unmounting a samba share.

You can "mount" ssh shares on your ubuntu desktop via the Places menu
and "Connect to Server".  Then most gnome apps will be able to access
the files as native.  OOo won't but you can copy them down to your
desktop in a nice graphical manner. Oh, and the package you want is
openssh-server if I'm not mistaken.

> As for the printer, CUPS should be running by default... you can try
> using a browser to connect to port 631 on your desktop to configure
> it.  Once you get the printer working, it should be usable from both
> computers.

Yes, CUPS is installed, but its told not to listen on external
interfaces.  There should be a listen directive that is set to
in /etc/cups or some such.  Change it to to listen on all
interfaces.  Also you will have to do some configuration to get it to
allow others to print.  I think there is a graphical client that will
let you configure it, but I forget cause I haven't configured cups in
forever(no printer, I use work printers that are already cupsified).
Also you may have to tell your laptop's cups server to look at your
desktop.  Broadcasting should work across a network like yours, but if
it doesn't look for Server in /etc/cups/client.conf.  

Scott Henson <scotth at>
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