Another student walked up to me earlier today, asking for my help in getting some files off a thumb drive and onto an Ubuntu virtual machine running on Windows.
We tried to
Neither worked - the VM refused to connect to the drive and Firefox in the VM refused to render Gmail properly.
I plugged his drive into my Macbook,
/Volumes/UNTITLED and ran
$ python -m SimpleHTTPServer
I then opened
IP:8000 on his computer and downloaded the files
via his web browser.
You can reduce the amount of typing required by creating an alias:
$ alias server="python -m SimpleHTTPServer" $ server Serving HTTP on 0.0.0.0 port 8000 ...
Quickly running an HTTP server is faster than pulling out a flash drive, transferring the files onto it, giving it to another person, and having them copy it to their computer.
Published on 03 December 2013.