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Fri, 1 Oct 2004 09:27:24 -0500
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I am just touching base, you may be real busy or may not have gotten my
originally reply,  I am interested.


Alan Shields wrote:

>Dear List,
>        About a year ago, I set up something for our lab which they know as
>The Dropbox. It's a system we use to allow people outside our lab to
>exchange files with us. Downloading files can be done through any web
>browser, and uploading files can be done with IE on Windows, a mount in
>Mac, and via many different methods on *nix. No password is required,
>though in the future we may consider one. This is implemented via
>WEBDav, a widely-supported extension to HTTP.
>        We've worked with several groups so far, and all of them have
>enjoyed having this available - exchanging files through email being
>such a pain, particularly when the files are 25+ MB in size. As a
>result, I've been asked a few times by personnel how to create one of
>these dropboxes for their own use.
>        So far I've answered these questions on an individual basis, but the
>recent "mail the CDs of pictures to us" in the OMRF photo contest got me
>thinking: maybe there would be some interest in learning how to set one
>up on a Linux box?
>        So, I'm emailing the ISG and the LUG to see if people would be
>interested in setting up one of these for themselves or their lab.
>With Apache on either Windows, Mac, or *nix, it's pretty easy to do.
>        Please let me know off-list, and if there's enough interest I'll put
>together a basic lesson on how to do it. Further inquiry could be done
>at either a Q&A session, or via list email on either the ISG or LUG
>list. Topics would include:
>        - Setting up WEBDav
>        - Password protection
>        - Problems with IE
>        - Basic user problems
>        Setting up the repository is quite simple, there's just a few
>caveats I've come across in running one for a year or so.
>Let me know,
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Danny G Smith

OMRF Intramurial Computer Manager / Sr UNIX System Admin
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
Mon-Wed phone(405)271-8954  /  Wed-Fri phone(405)271-6130
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