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

unsolicited unsolicited at swiz.ca
Mon Aug 5 17:27:24 EDT 2013

On 13-08-05 11:59 AM, Darcy Casselman wrote:
> You don't need permissions/credentials/whatever for Samba.  You can open
> that sucker up as wide as you want so anyone can come in.  I generally use
> Samba (although I do put at least password credentials on it...)

You still have to set up the samba users.

I already have userids set up everywhere, use 'em.

I have no problem with authentication, just authenticate against the 
body of userids already set up - don't make me create yet another set 
(let alone keep passwords sync'ed.)

> There's also sshfs.

See scp, rcp, et al, in original message.

'cp <here> <there>' get on with it.

Nothing wrong with some form of 'cp something://somewhere/ file 
user at host:/file' and being prompted for a password - just let it be the 
userid password of that machine.

> On Mon, Aug 5, 2013 at 9:10 AM, unsolicited <unsolicited at swiz.ca> 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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