iPad - Linux Filesharing

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wizace's picture
iPad - Linux Filesharing


Hey Guys,
I have a question and maybe a Topic for a show. I want to share files via WLAN between my Linux-Box and my iPad. I was wondering whether I could set up an FTP-Server on my Linux and which one to take and how to configure it. Maybe that's a bad idea and there's an easier way.
If anybody knows anything about that, please let me know.
Meanwhile, I set up a VSFTPD-server. Just need to make a User and Password now. Learned that symlinks won't work with in /srv/ftp - solution: "mount --bind <source dir> /srv/ftp/<optional subdir>". The command needs root.
I'd need help with setting up a user account with password for my ftp to make it more secure. SSL is already active :))
Here is my /etc/vsftpd.conf . With it, home is usable on the pad with any ftp program after login.

# we're running standalone

# enable virtual users:

# allow writing
#local_umask=022 #uncomment when enabling writing

# some general options

# more verbose logging


Mark Cockrell
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I took the easy road and use Dropbox and Google Drive for sharing between the two.

wizace's picture
These are good as well

Yeah. These are good options I'm using as well. I set up my own ftp for files, which contain personal data of clients and therefor can't go on the internet.

Since my Dropbox is just 2.5GB and I'm not having a very huge bandwidth, the private ftp is also a boost for the small iPad memory, since I can access hundreds of Gigbytes of fotos or Videos nearly as fast, as if they were stored on the pad.

Next goal will be, to find a way to write in this files on the ftp :) Any ideas? I'm too afraid of jail-breaking my device by now...


Another Update :)

Just found out about wuala.com which is like Dropbox but with login and encryption...

mike wall
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Online drives are pretty

Online drives are pretty reliable, but having your own server ( http://www.spectra.com/support-maintenance/ ) running would be hte best.

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