[kwlug-disc] (Easy) Linux File Sharing?

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Mon Aug 5 12:42:48 EDT 2013

0) Encrypt all the things
1) rsync
2) ssh authentication keys

I use

  rsync localdir/filename user at remotehost:/dir-hierarchy/filename


  rsync user at remotehost:/dir-hierarchy/filename localdir/filename

Yes, it requires you to authenticate, but that's a _feature_, not a _bug_!

rsync uses ssh to connect to remote hosts, so to reduce the
authentication tango I put ssh authentication keys on any computers I
need to connect to (usually for the bjonkman user, but could also be for
the root user).  That's a one-time setup, so that effort fades into
insignificance over time.


Bob Jonkman <bjonkman at sobac.com>         http://sobac.com/sobac/
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On 13-08-05 09:10 AM, unsolicited wrote:
> I want to be able to do in Linux what I can do in windows, easily copy
> files machine to machine.
> e.g. cp {from-blah} {to-blah}
> Including copy file.txt \\{machine}\c$
> i.e. It checks my account credentials there, gives me / (root) access,
> and just lets me get on with my day. (Access as in can type
> '//{machine}/{dir}' - let permissions there determine whether I can
> write anything or not.)
> I get that Samba and NFS are out there, but IIRC each requires a
> separate list of accounts / passwords / permissions. It is ludicrous to
> scp things everywhere - no point encrypting over my local network, which
> I entirely control. [rcp is frowned upon due to open-text passwords, and
> I can accept that, but it seems it is encrypt everything (scp) or
> nothing (rcp) - just encrypt the password only and get on with it.]
> None of this mount this or that, just let me get on with it. How?
> {not -everything- understands / accepts smb://...}
> - granted, I'm taking advantage of a 'feature' of windows, if you have
> the same userid / password on two non-domain machines, there is no
> prompt for authentication. I'm OK if on Linux I have to do the same, and
> make sure the uid's are the same.
> - don't really want to go through the rigamarole of PAM, just use the
> local passwd files, already - even if I do figure out how to mutually
> replicate PAM between two machines. (Tips welcome.) Even if I had PAM,
> it's not clear to me what syntax to use (everywhere) for
> //machine/dir-hierarchy/filename
> I get Windows natively understands smb and Linux doesn't (only some
> things understand smb://) - what does Linux natively understand that
> uses the local passwd file? (From past threads, some just gave up on
> trying to use NFS and just use Samba.)
> Suggestions, links?
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