How to transfer Files using USB between two HOSTS

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The requirement is to Transfer Files From Linux to windows PC or vice versa using USB
file transfer protocol , there is no USB disk here , the transfer media is only Host to Host
USB cable.

which is similiar to RS-232 File transfer protocols
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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Seriously doubt you'll get this to work.  Typically, you need special software that allows the transfer (ESPECIALLY when Windows is involved).  (Why not just network them with a cross over cable - that would be much easier).

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I know the network cross over will work but the requirement is not with the network.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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I think the answer is you can't.  I don't know any software that is both cross platform and will allow copying via USB the way I interpret what you are asking for.  Under the circumstances, I suggest you look for alternatives (network, removable USB media, temporarily installing the hard drive in the linux machine to copy onto it).  Feel free to leave the question open and see if someone has another idea, but lacking another idea, I think a safe answer is you can't
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There is something like usbnet/usbgadget drivers in Linux

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If my understanding of USB technology is current... then the hardware is not designed to go USB Host to USB host because both devices are hosts. (you actually answered your own question. )  There are two modes for USB hardware. One as a HOST and one as a CLIENT. PCs and computers are designed to be USB HOSTS. Printers, PDAs etc are USB Clients.

NOW... that being said... there is a cable on the market that is a dual USB Client that allows a connection between two computers if you plug a computer into both ends... this cable appears to be USB Client hardware to both PCs and facilitates the transfer of data.

e.g.: http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Product_Id=275561

Dan.

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That cable will require special software the runs only on Windows.  I had one of those USB cables  a couple years back by a different manufacturer because it came free with a flash drive.  IIRC it was limited to USB 2.0 Full speed.  

USB was not made with something like null modem in mind.
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Stumbled on this while doing research. Everythin you want to know about Linux usbnet.
http://www.linux-usb.org/usbnet/

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I have done myself

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