[techtalk] file transfer question

Laurel Fan lf25+ at andrew.cmu.edu
Mon Dec 6 14:20:09 EST 1999

Excerpts from linuxchix: 6-Dec-99 [techtalk] file transfer qu.. by Emily
Cartier at flyernet.u 
> Ok, this is a case of "I know what I want to do, so what is the best way
> to do it?". I'm up to two machines that run linux at least some of the
> time. Neither can do 'net access under Linux at the moment, but one can
> do it under Win95. I have a nice long list of things that need to be
> updated, and it's easy to download the files under Win95. So... What
> would be the best way to make these various updates visible to Linux?
> Machine A:
> has modem working under Win95
> has Linux
> has separate partition where downloads are saved
> has NE2000 compatible network card
> floppy drive
> Machine B:
> has Linux w/ Samba installed
> has SMC ethernet card w/plug and play on the ISA bus
> floppy drive

Looks like you want to show the updates to both Linux machines, correct?
> I can see many ways of doing this:
> 1. set up Machine A to read the download partition under Linux

Easy.  Just read the manpage for mount.

> 2. set up TCP/IP network btw Linux boxes and use FTP

This isn't too hard, and will be useful anyway.  Especially if you get
your modem/ppp working eventually, at which point you can use ipmasq. 
Both of your ethernet cards appear to be supported under Linux. 
Information about how to do this is in the Networking HOWTO.  You'll
learn something about all sorts of things, such as kernel modules,
tcp/ip, networking, etc.  You can also set up a network with Win98. (I
can't tell you how.  Last week I hosed networking trying to do this with
Winnt, so now I'm in sort of the opposite situation as you, i have net
access in Linux but not Windows..)

> 3. set up Machine A's download partition as a shared drive, and do a
> network involving samba to transfer files to Machine B

If you have a great deal of files to transfer, samba (Win98->Linux) or
nfs (Linux->Linux) will make things easier.  Samba would be easier if
you're already familiar with it, but it wouldn't hurt to learn how to do
nfs (NFS HOWTO), and in the future you might want to use nfs for other
purposes, such as having the same home directory on several machines,
installing Linux from an nfs mount, etc. Distributed filesystems are fun.

> 4. transfer the files by floppies

This isn't fun. The PRAWF (Person Running Around With Floppy) network
protocol is slow and unreliable.

> 5. say the heck with it and find a Cheapbytes or Infomagic CDROM with an
> archive of Sunsite

You'd have to wait like 5 days to get it.  What kind of bandwith is that?

> Options that can be clearly explained and would increase my experience
> and understanding of Linux are my personal preference. Best way in this
> case means "the most chance to learn about the guts of something new and
> get what I need done done". Option 5 is my least favorite, because I
> already know how to do it.

Oooh :) Don't meet too many people who want to learn about the guts
these days.. I'd recommend doing 1, 2, and 3, and if you get frustrated
with 3, doing 1 and 2. 

techtalk at linuxchix.org   http://www.linuxchix.org

More information about the Techtalk mailing list