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.

  • 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.
    – Panther
    Jan 11 '12 at 19:42
  • @bodhi.zazen, I did not know what to use. I just followed Huckle's answer just now. Thanks.
    – Geoffrey
    Jan 11 '12 at 20:00

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

Before 16.10

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

After 16.10

On the left side of Nautilus, click on + Other Locations. Then in the input field at the bottom (which reads Enter server address…) input sftp://ip-address - replacing ip-address with the address from ifconfig. In the prompt you will then supply the user and password for the computer you are connecting to.


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