Re: Programs for direct friend-to-friend file transfer?
Miles Fidelman wrote:
Aubrey Raech wrote:
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Hello Debian users!
Sometimes I have the need to send files that are too large for email to
a friend directly (such as recordings of music I am working on, or
similar projects). I'm wondering if there is a program that I could use
for direct transfer, hopefully with these qualifications:
If you're going to be sending to a friend, the real issue is getting
your friend to install something and use it, which makes it a question of:
- what, if anything, are your targets willing and able to install
- how complicated things get to use
- whether someone has to be at the other end to "receive" the file, or
whether it's automatic
In this regard, I think all three of your requirements get in your way
of doing something easy and practical.
1. Not a proper server (http, ftp)
Pretty much all modern o/s's come with both a web server and ftp
pre-installed. It's a matter of turning them on, and configuring them
(if your target is running a GUI, it's usually a check box).
ftp to an anonymous account is probably the easiest to set up
if your target is running unix, I'd suggest simply ssh + scp -- again
they're already there and it's a simple command to transfer something
seems like a bad idea - if you were sending me something, I sure
wouldn't want to expose my machine to the world, just so you can send me
2. No usernames? (scp, rsync)
well, dropping a file into a chat session is a really easy way to move
3. Preferably does not require a chat protocol (XMPP, IRC's DCC)
Now... what I do in this case is mozy over to filmail.com - one of
several services that provide a simple (and free) file mailing service:
- go to the web page
- enter sender/recipient email addresses
- enter file path (or browse to file path)
The system uploads your file, and sends an email that includes a link.
The recipient gets the email, clicks the link to download the file. All
quick, easy, no software install.
If you don't want to rely on a third party, there are packages that you
can install on your machine to do similar things - essentially sending a
one-time link my email, that allows the recipient to download the file
from your machine.