How to Install an HFS File Server on Ubuntu

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How to Install an HFS File Server on Ubuntu
HFS is an acronym that stands for Http File Server. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Getting a file from one computer to another shouldn't be a difficult task, but file sharing software can often be complex to set up, especially on Linux-based PCs. Windows applications aren't often the easiest or most powerful choice for an Ubuntu user, but along with Wine, HFS can help you start sharing your files in five easy minutes. Installing HFS 2.3 on Ubuntu is simple and grants access to a startlingly powerful file server that rivals the best Linux applications out there.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wine 1.3.21
  • HFS 2.3

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  1. 1

    Download HFS (see Resources.) The file that you download is the entire program -- there is no installer. Save the file to someplace you can find later, such as "c:\myapps."

  2. 2

    Run HFS through Wine. If you saved HFS to "c:\myapps," the command would look like this: wine c:\myapps\hfs250.exe. If you saved it elsewhere, replace everything after "wine" with your file location.

  3. 3

    Click "Menu." Select "Add folder from disk," and add the folders you would like to share. You are now sharing the selected folders at the IP address shown in the text box at the top of the window, so anyone with that IP address can access the files you've shared.

Tips and warnings

  • Newer versions of Wine and HFS may work as well, if the listed versions aren't available.
  • Currently, user accounts are not supported and will crash the application.

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