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Re: Programs for direct friend-to-friend file transfer?

Brian wrote:
On Sat 02 Jun 2012 at 09:14:12 -0400, Miles Fidelman wrote:

Aubrey Raech wrote:
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).
I was going to let it go but the more I look at what you say the more I
wonder what you are talking about. Debian is a modern OS but, whenever I
have put it on a computer, it has never come with a web server or ftp

I guess it depends on which packages you tell the installer to load. One of the options is "web server," but I haven't set up a desktop installation lately (all my Debian is server-side), so I'm not really sure if a web server is part of the standard desktop configuration, but it's certainly one of the options.

ftp to an anonymous account is probably the easiest to set up
Could be, depending on what you want to set up. The deciding factor,
however, is how easy it is for the person who wants to download a file.

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
Target? You mean the machine which is downloading? Even if they were on
Debian, the use of ssh is over the top.

The original poster said the want to "send" a file to someone, as opposed to "make available for download." Now if I'm sending a file from one linux machine to another, scp is a pretty straightforward way to do it from the command line, and scp runs over ssh.

Not sure why you consider ssh to be "over the top" - anybody in their right mind turns off telnet and ftp as the first step in securing a new installation - in favor of ssh and sftp.

2. No usernames? (scp, rsync)
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
a file
I do not understand that. He is making something available. You download
it. How is that exposing your machine to the world? You do it all the
time. He doesn't require a username or password - that's his problem,
not yours.

Nope.. the OP said "send file."  But either way:
- if I'm the recipient, I don't want to open my machine to the world
- if I'm the sender, and I want to let someone download from my machine, again, I don't want to open my machine to the world (or expose the file I'm sharing to everybody)

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice.
In practice, there is.   .... Yogi Berra

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