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asked 2013-09-05 16:37:34 -0600

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updated 2013-09-05 19:50:31 -0600

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I have two computers running Fedora 19. One is a desktop, the other my laptop. They connect to the internet and homenetwork on a wireless router.

All I want to do is if I am at my laptop I want to access files on my desktop and vice versa. I've googled and looked around and it seems like there is a plethora of ways to do this but most people are asking too specifically, like they have a VPN going through a virtual box etc etc. All I want is to access both computers. What is the easiest way of doing this?

Something simple please, I have tried reading the Samba instructions but it makes no sense to me. So if anyone can offer advice without me getting a doctorate in computer networking ;) to be able to understand whats going on.

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Thanks for the responses. I appreciate the clarification, I never removed the firewall as I figured that is a bad idea.

I will check out the firewall settings tomorrow and test it. Too tired and frustrated with it tonight. Will update tomorrow.

maramyfriend gravatar imagemaramyfriend ( 2013-09-06 00:23:27 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-09-06 06:41:15 -0600

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Nice idea from rheldaemon. To make it even easier, in Dolphin you could open your home folder on the other computer by writing

in the address field and then accessing files just like on the local machine.

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Make sure that you enable the ssh server on both machines:

Enable the ssh server with the commands below.

systemctl enable sshd.service

systemctl start sshd.service

You might want to edit /etc/ssh/sshd_config and find the line with

#PermitRootLogin Yes

and change it to

PermitRootLogin No

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2013-09-06 10:50:02 -0600 )edit

Thanks all for the help. Sorry, busy weekend with the kids but I got it to work. I cannot really specifically say what it was but the: systemctl enable sshd.service systemctl start sshd.service helped but also I never had NFS installed for some reason.

To elaborate on why I needed this, I wanted to have all my documents on my main PC but be able to open/edit them from my Laptop. Its mainly PDF and Libreoffice as I am studying (distance learning) so the ability to be away from my main computer and have access to the files was needed.

maramyfriend gravatar imagemaramyfriend ( 2013-09-10 19:26:12 -0600 )edit

If you don't have too many files, why not simply use Dropbox? There are some other equivalent services that I think should work on Linux (never bothered using those other services though).

hmaarrfk gravatar imagehmaarrfk ( 2013-09-11 15:30:25 -0600 )edit

Hi it works for me, thanks!

Luiz Mello gravatar imageLuiz Mello ( 2014-06-08 12:04:17 -0600 )edit

answered 2013-09-06 04:16:32 -0600

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I do not know how much data you have to transfer between your both installations but another way is to use ssh and copy the files via scp/sshfs. You have to enable in your firewall settings ssh (disabling the firewalls is always bad) and afterwards you can copy the directories/files and you can tunnel rsync(rsync is a great way to stay in sync) over ssh (maybe this is useful for you too: With ssh/rsync I keep hundreds of GB's in sync and it works great. Grsync is a GUI for rsync if rsync is to complicated for you. -HTH

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