Simple file sharing (Deprecation, part 1)

Back in the day when I needed to share files, I would do:

sudo apt-get install thttpd && thttpd -p 8001 -D

This serves the current directory via http.  I would then send a link to someone using either my machine’s IP or (better) its mdns name.  It was a simple way to send large files to other people on the local network.  Once files were transferred, I closed the server.

I had need of it again yesterday, but was surprised to find that thttpd was no longer in Debian/Ubuntu.  I fell back to another alternative:

python -m SimpleHTTPServer

But found it astoundingly slow even for the simple use case I had.  After looking around at alternatives, I ended up with:

sudo apt-get install cherokee && cherokee -p 8002 -r ./

Hopefully by writing this, I can remember it.


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