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I know I can install Samba or openssh-server to be able to share files between two Ubuntu computers. Is there a way to share files without installing additional packages?

I installed Ubuntu on two systems on the same LAN, but without Internet connectivity. I found that my usual way of transferring files (scp) failed because openssh-server was not installed on either system. Using Personal File Sharing was impossible without installing extra packages. I ended up using netcat to transfer, which is suboptimal and not intuitive for the average user.

So I'd like to know if anyone knows of a way to do this with out-of-the-box Ubuntu installations (or at least, with packages available in the Ubuntu desktop CD).


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You can move to a given directory with cd, then serve the current directory as a web server with the command:

python -m SimpleHTTPServer

On the other machine go to the address http://server-ip:8000/

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Thanks for this! I found this the easiest way to do what I need, just open a terminal, type a relatively simple command, and I can use the browser on the other system. –  roadmr Jan 15 '12 at 20:12
thanks, this is the most easiest way to download files from other computers. Is there a way to speed up the transfer rate, currently i am getting only 2.5 MB/sec. –  Ankit Aug 19 '12 at 4:35

Ubuntu One. All you have to do is register.

Bluetooth (if available).

VNC remote desktop. It may not be for transferring, but allows access to files on another computer.

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Thanks for your reply! Ubuntu One doesn't work here as there is no internet access. Bluetooth is an option but maybe it's a bit slow. VNC should also work but I found the setup is a bit cumbersome. –  roadmr Jan 15 '12 at 20:12

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