Ubuntu – How to transfer files between two Ubuntu computers on a LAN without installing additional software


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).


Best Answer

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/

where "server-ip" is what you see when you do "ifconfig" on the source computer, under "inet addr:". For example, if the output of ifconfig on the source computer starts like this:

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:30:67:d5:a7:a4  
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:

then on the target computer, you should point the browser to:
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