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    ftp site as a folder on Desktop

    Hi all
    I normally connect to few UNIX machines for bio-computing. Now what I want - Is it poassible to have a folder for my home directory on my dektop at linux, so that I can retrieve the files and write to them. I know I have an option of using ftp with graphical client but this would integrate seamlessly with my Linux box.
    Any ideas, how can I do it.
    Thanks
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    You need FTPFS which is now deprecated in the Linux Kernel and has been replaced by LUFS (User Land File System) - if you don't already have support for it in your kernel, then it would require a kernel recompile.

    The Link I gave is the old FTPFS web site, which has a link to the new LUFS Project

    Older kernels may still have it as FTPFS.

    LUFS lets you mount FTP and SFTP (and other) sites as file systems.

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    Seems complicated

    Thanks
    That's what I knew. My mandrake CD doesn't have ftpfs nor I could find any rpm though I found tarballs for them but couldn't compile.
    So the new thing, how do I know will it work on my machine or not. I have kernel 2.4.-- on my machine.
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    see if you have the modules already.

    try using modprobe to load them.

    it's no more complicated than mounting any file system. you just make sure you have support for it in your kernel directly or via a module and then mount it with the mount command with a -t <whatever_filesystem>, or use /etc/fstab/

    if your system does not already have support for it then you will have to recompile your kernel or if your kernel doesn't have lufs support available, you will have to patch it or grab source for a kernel that is prepatched with lufs.

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    Hi there
    Can you please put it as a step by step process!! I am really not a great Linux guy
    Thanks
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    there are instructions on how to compile a kernel in the Library, as well as many posts on how to accomplish it as well as mny posts on how to apply patches - try searching the forums.

    as far as details regarding mounting an ftp file system, you will have to read the documentation on the LUFS web site as I have never done it myself.

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    Can you tell me what does this mean.
    [root@sauryalap lufs-0.9.7]# ./configure
    checking build system type... i686-redhat-linux-gnu
    checking host system type... i686-redhat-linux-gnu
    checking target system type... i686-redhat-linux-gnu
    checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
    checking whether build environment is sane... yes
    checking for gawk... gawk
    checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
    checking OS... Linux
    checking kernel... 2.4.22-10mdk
    checking kernel support... supported in kernel/Linux/2.4
    checking kernel headers... configure: error: not found in /lib/modules/2.4.22-10mdk/build/include. please install them!
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    it means you do not have the kernel headers installed for your kernel. they are available on your install CD(s).

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    HI again
    SO what they are called, I treid to hunt them with kernel headers in Name and description but I couldn't find them?
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    I'm pretty sure that Mandrake includes kernel headers on their CD. Use your packaging tool and just search for "headers" or "head" and see what comes up. If you still can't find it, try installing Red Carpet.
    I know I've seen it there.

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    I did and to my surprise I could not find anything.
    I am sure it must have. I did search for name and in description .If install red carpet, won't it interfere with the auto updating with mandrakes urpmi thing?
    Any suggestions.
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    I'm not sure if Red Carpet interferes, but it worked pretty good for me. On second thought, it shouldn't interfere, because red-carpet will istill install RPMs and keep the same list as urpmi. Red Hat was a godsend when I used Mandrake.

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    You need to look for the kernel-devel package(s)

    Look for "devel" any time you need headers and other, well, development related stuff.
    "You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass." --Admiral Yamamoto, 1941

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    Done

    Thanks guys
    Found the files on CD. I have installed the lufs , will try to configure.
    SS
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