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I installed Ubuntu on my parents computer. Besides SCP, is there a lazy way to drag and drop movies from my computer to theirs?

Should I use a virtual desktop? maybe a nautilus plugin or maybe scp gui client? What's the laziest way you know.

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Set up an FTP server on their network, then use FileZilla on your computer to connect to the server and transfer files from your computer to theirs. – DavidB Jun 10 '15 at 18:01
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Mount ssh in nautilus.

  1. Do sudo apt-get install openssh-server in your parents' computer and sudo apt-get install openssh-client in your computer.
  2. Then go to Ubuntu Menu -> Places -> Connect to server, select SSH for service type and fill the information for the server IP and username. Look here for an screenshot of the window.

Then you can drag-and-drop from nautilus.

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if you're both on the same LAN (network) you could mount your drive (on the other PC) either via NFS or samba (windows file sharing) and then use nautilus file explorer to copy in between as the mount point will be seen as a "regular" folder.

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Or even via SSHFS ;) – 0xC0000022L Apr 26 '11 at 17:03

Have a look at rsync it works a little like scp but will sync whole directories. You could use something like this to move the files:

rsync -av ~/Videos parent-computer:Videos

This will move all of the files in the directory "Videos" in your home directory to the same location on their machine

Because of the way it's designed you can interrupt it at any time and it'll pick up where it was stopped. Or if you add new videos on your computer it'll just sync over the new/changed ones next time you run it.

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Share a Dropbox directory. It will work seamlessly with whatever OS and GUI file manager you use, and regardless of what inbound ports your firewalls have blocked.

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trouble is he mentioned "movies" so i'm guessing around 600MB each -- which will make it difficult to share more than 2-3 with the standard dropbox at 2Gb. Good idea though. – Liv Apr 26 '11 at 17:05
So just delete it when you're done watching. The OP will still have a local copy. – Alex Howansky Apr 26 '11 at 17:07
This is a pretty slow and inefficient way of doing things in comparison to a local network copy as you have to copy the files up to Dropbox's site and then back down again. – James C Apr 26 '11 at 17:10
OP never said it was local... – Alex Howansky Apr 26 '11 at 17:14
(And if it is, Dropbox will detect it, and use it.) – Alex Howansky Apr 26 '11 at 17:16

If you're already using SSH to copy files, why not use SSHFS? Just install the package sshfs-fuse.

The commands to mount an sshfs filesystem are a little too complicated for me to memorize, so I just set up a few aliases instead:

alias lserverfs='sshfs max@ ~/server -o idmap=user -o uid=1000 -o gid=1000'
alias unmountserver='fusermount -u ~/server'
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You can use a cross-crimped LAN cable and connected the LAN ports of both computers. You can then create a two-computer LAN network by manually assigning IP address to both computers and use Nautilus to copy the files. Copying over LAN is usually faster.

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The legendary 'mc' is the best for such tasks.

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