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Re: Fedora/Linux as a USB Drive

max wrote:
Adalbert Prokop wrote:
Srikanth Konjarla wrote on Sunday 13 January 2008:

I have the network setup currently to share the files between several
Linux machines and one WindowZe machine. But, i am looking to get two
linux machines connected together with a USB cable that is independent
of the network.

There are "laplink" cables for USB. They have two type A connectors and a piece of hardware between them, which acts as a USB network card to both ends. So you plug it in and get a new network interface (e.g. usb0).

The rest is identical a normal network card - set IPs or let avahi-autoipd do the job and share your files over network.

I seriously doubt there is a hardware and a driver which would do what you want. It would have to emulate a hard drive hardware and a file system whithin for your directory structure, not to mention the hardware part. I've never heard of something like this.

It sounds like what he wants is to connect two computers together with a cable and have them treat one another like flash drives.

If the only purpose of the other computer is to give access to the drive, you can get inexpensive external drive cases with USB adapters that would make more sense. If the other computer is doing something else, then you can use nfs between the linux systems on the same or a different network. Back-to-back USB<->network adapters would work but have no advantage over normal nics and probably take more CPU to drive.

  Les Mikesell
   lesmikesell gmail com

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