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Connecting Linux to W95 via parallel port

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Does anyone know if I can connect a W95 machine to a linux machine via the parallel port?  I'v e compiled up the 'plip' module but I can't find any docs on how to connect two machines together either linux machines or other O.S'es.  Specifically, I'd like to connect the W95 machine so that it can access NFS partitions on the linux box.
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I don't think you can do what you're trying here.

To get PLIP working, both ends have to understand it, and I don't think Win95 does. You can use PLIP to connect two Linux boxes quite easily, but I've never heard of anyone doing Linux - 95. Also, you can't get 95 to talk NFS without third party software.

There are two ways I can think of to achive what you want (more or less).

1/ Set up dial up networking on the 95 box to talk PPP to the linux box. Use a serial cable, and tell 95 to connect direct to COM2 (or whatever) instead of using a modem. On the linux side, you'd need to setup a getty listening on the serial port, and this should enable you to login. You'd then set up a ppp user so that when you login the linux box starts up ppp automatically. This is all covered in the PPP-HOWTO. If you get this going, you can get IP connectivity between the two boxes, and you can use SAMBA to share directories on the linux box so that the 95 box can see them. Then, it should just appear in Network neighbourhood. You should note that setting all this up is liable to be a fraught process! Also, you're limited to the speed of your serial port, which is going to be around 115Kbps max, unless you buy a fast serial card.

2/ You can use laplink to do parallel port file transfer, runnign the linux side under dosemu. I think this should work, but I couldn't guarantee it. Dosemu does support other stuff that talks to ports direct though, so it shouldn't be a problem.

Good luck....
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