Home network basics help

Florian Diesch diesch at spamfence.net
Tue Mar 28 07:21:00 UTC 2006

On Sun, Mar 26, 2006 at 07:05:01PM -0800, Michael M. wrote:
> As a network newbie, I'm pretty befuddled by the range of options I've
> been finding via Google.  It's a tough topic really to drill down in,
> because it's so broad and everybody's set-up is a little different, and
> practically everybody's network seems to involve Windows.
> I'm trying to find out what is the simplest way to move files back and
> forth between two machines on a very basic home network.  The network
> *is* the two machines, plus a DSL router and DSL modem -- no printers or
> other devices to worry about.
> First, I need to move files from the Ubuntu OS I'm running now on my
> iMac to a new PC (should be here Tuesday) also running Ubuntu.
> Second, once I've transferred everything off the iMac, I'm going to wipe
> it and reinstall OS X, and will want to be able to move files back and
> forth between the Ubuntu PC and the OS X iMac.
> So what's the easy way to do Linux => Linux and Linux <=> Mac?

For Linux <=> Linux I use NFS (Network File System), but I don't know if it 
is supported by OS X (but I guess it is)
Using NFS is easy: At the server it's basicly about writing in a file which
directory you want to export to which client, and on the client you just
mount what you need and use it like a local partition.

There is a NFS-HOWTO (/usr/share/doc/HOWTO/en-html/NFS-HOWTO.html in package
doc-linux-nonfree-html). It's a bit old but contains anything you need
unless you want to use some features of modern versions of NFS (I don't).

> (objects are not allowed to lie about who they are, or what they are).
Dangit!  I need to find a less honest programming language.  Anyone
have a Perl cookbook handy? [Lonnie Princehouse in comp.lang.python]

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