using zeroconf/avahi/whatever to attach computers

David L. Willson DLWillson at TheGeek.NU
Sat Sep 29 00:54:09 UTC 2007

I think you can just connect them as in option 2, but you need to use a
cross-over cable, not a regular cable, and you still may need to
discover the IP addresses, and you ~will~ need to choose your
file-sharing.  I recommend rsync for this.  You'll need to setup ssh

sudo apt-get install openssh-server

then you can do fun things like:

rsync --archive --verbose /this/folder that-server:/that/folder

good luck,

On Fri, 2007-09-28 at 12:45 -0700, Matt Price wrote:
> hi folks,
> i'm installing ubuntu on a new laptop (well, a friend's old laptop)
> andwant to sync a bunch of stuff from my old laptop to this one.  Both
> will be running gutsy.  I know there was a lot of talk a release or so
> ago about zeroconf and avahi, and how they would make it really easy to
> share information from one machine to another.  
> What I want is one ofhte following:
> 1) cat a cat5 cable, plug it into the ethernet jack on one computer,
> plug the other end into the other computer, and have the two computers
> instantlyrecognize each other and allow or negotiate some kind of file
> sharing.
> 2) do something similar wirelessly -- that is, make a tiny ad hoc
> network
> 3) failing those, connet both laptops through the wireless router in my
> home network, have the computers reognize and navigate to each other,
> and allow sharing to go on that way.
> if those fail, i can just figure out the ip addresses and ssh in, i
> guess, but i'd like to do it more elegantly if poss.  thanks,
> Matt

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