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    OpenVPN connected... Now what? (How to access a drive)

    I want my wife to be able to use her laptop to access a specific directory (say, /home/paddy/ourdata) on my machine, even when she's travelling.

    I installed OpenVPN and followed the instructions -- successfully. My wife's machine successfully pings my machine.

    But... now what?

    How do I get my wife's machine to see my directory /home/paddy/ourdata?

    My machine: Ubuntu Hardy 8.04
    My wife's machine: Ubuntu Jaunty Remix 9.04
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    Re: OpenVPN connected... Now what? (How to access a drive)

    If your wife can connect to your computer, then she should be able to use sftp to access files from nautilus. If she is running windows, give winscp a try.

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    Re: OpenVPN connected... Now what? (How to access a drive)

    Quote Originally Posted by cariboo907 View Post
    If your wife can connect to your computer, then she should be able to use sftp to access files from nautilus. If she is running windows, give winscp a try.
    Thanks for the idea. Both computers are Ubuntu (see first post).

    I should have explained myself more clearly; I'd like her machine to access my directory as a directory. That way, her program will access the data rather than having to transfer files using FTP.

    Looking for answers, I think that NFS may be the solution. I will try it tomorrow, unless you have any easier or better ideas.
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    Re: OpenVPN connected... Now what? (How to access a drive)

    Well, I've tried NFS but without success.

    Here's what I did on my machine:

    • Created a directory /srv/access and gave read-write permission to all.
    • Added a line to /etc/exports: "/srv/access *(rw,sync,no_root_squash)".
    • Started NFS: "sudo /etc/init.d/nfs-kernel-server start".

    Here's what I did on my wife's machine:

    • ping 10.8.0.1 (to double-check that I have OpenVPN access). It succeeded.
    • Created a directory /mnt/access on her machine and gave read-write access to all.
    • Tried to mount my directory on her machine. It gave the error message, "mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on 10.8.0.1:/srv/access, missing codepage or helper program, or other error". I've tried the following commands:
      • mount 10.8.0.1:/srv/access /mnt/access
      • mount -t nfs 10.8.0.1:/srv/access /mnt/access


    Now I'm stumped.

    Can anyone help me here? Perhaps I have the wrong end of the stick, or perhaps there's a much easier way?
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    Re: OpenVPN connected... Now what? (How to access a drive)

    Just checking... Is nfs-client installed on the wifes computer?

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    Re: OpenVPN connected... Now what? (How to access a drive)

    Quote Originally Posted by WakkiTabakki View Post
    Just checking... Is nfs-client installed on the wifes computer?
    Good question!

    I've just installed nfs-common from Synaptic...

    ... And it works! (At least on my network. Now I have to take the machine to a Starbucks or whatever and test it there.)

    Thanks very much.
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