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I have a desktop and a laptop both connected by cables to a router.

I thought the computers were supposed to show up in Nautilus in the Network folder. That way I could then easily share files between them. They do not.

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What are you using to share? You can use samba, nfs, ssh (sshfs). You may simply need to add entries to /etc/hosts and/or entries to fstab, but it sort of depends on what protocol you are using. – bodhi.zazen Jan 11 '12 at 19:42
@bodhi.zazen, I did not know what to use. I just followed Huckle's answer just now. Thanks. – systemovich Jan 11 '12 at 20:00
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Gnome 2 provides an easy way to share filesystems using sshfs. Essentially all that is needed is the openssh server on the computer hosting the files (or both for two-way sharing). I'm not at a ubuntu machine right now because I'm at school, but if I remember correctly it should be as simple as going to Places -> Connect... then selecting ssh and filling in the host's IP address.

For example, with host A at and host B at with the user user on both machines:

(execute on both machines)

sudo apt-get install openssh-server

Then Places-> Connect... fill in user for username, you password for the password and the IP address of the other computer (from ifconfig above).

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Thanks @Huckle! – systemovich Jan 11 '12 at 19:57

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