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Date:      Sun, 29 Dec 2002 20:01:53 +0000
From:      lewiz <>
To:, FreeBSD-questions <>
Subject:   Working remotely.
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  This may have come up before but I've not found anything after
searching Google that quite satisfies the question.

  I run my laptop on my network during evenings but during the daytime I
attend college, where I really need to access my documents, mail, etc.
Is there any method of synchronizing the laptop with the server (I have
an NFS exported homedirectory and use NIS/YP for authentication).

  I have considered writing a script that uses rsync to synchronize the
laptop with the server, in so much as maintaining a local copy of the
homedirectory -- I can do this quite effectively using
/etc/start_if.{if}.  However, I have various problems with my Maildir
mailbox (files have letters appended to the filename depending on their
status) that could cause data loss or duplication.
  The second problem is with authentication -- is there any way to cache
usernames/passwords so that I can still log on without an NIS/YP server
being available?  If not, would the best method be to set up a local
server mirroring the NIS/YP database and authenticate against this?

  Basically, I want to be as productive away from my network as I am at
it but there seem to be various things that don't allow this to happen.
Has anybody found good solutions to them?

  I would be eager to hear what anybody has to say on this matter.
	Many thanks,


You may have heard that a dean is to faculty as a hydrant is to a dog.
		-- Alfred Kahn
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