[Scottish] Need advice on setting up a Mandrake/Debian home network

David Marsh's list-reading hat scottish at mailman.lug.org.uk
Mon Mar 10 13:21:03 2003

Hi everybody,

I'm trying to network two machines together to make a home network.

One machine,    pepper.viewport.lan
is the main machine, which has the connection to the internet (by modem)
and is running Debian sarge.

The other machine,    salt.viewport.lan
will only be connected to the outside world through pepper (by network
cable) and is running Mandrake 9.0.

(I'm playing with Mandrake since I'm considering that pointy-clicky
might just be a nicer way (for me - no holy wars, please) to get things
working rather than spend what often seems like forever hacking with
config files)

Both machines have realtek 8139 network cards attached.

Are there any Mandrake experts out there who can advise me on the
"Mandrake way" to get this network up and running?
(ie, some gentle handholding would be much welcomed :-)

I've started up the Mandrake Control Center, selected Network &
Internet, and then selected Connection.

Umm, what now?

Obviously there are two steps involved (at least!).

1 Getting both machines to see each other over the local network.
2 Configuring pepper to share its internet connection (and getting salt
to use that as its internet connection)

On the Mandrake box (salt) what values should I put in for "DNS server"
and "Gateway" in the wizard?

How should I let salt know about the other machine (pepper)?
Do I have to edit /etc/hosts by hand, or is there a better way to do it?

This and further advice would be very welcome, thanks..


David Marsh, Glasgow, Scotland, N Europe. | http://web.viewport.co.uk/
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