[TriLUG] apple file sharing protocol
Aaron S. Joyner
aaron at joyner.ws
Fri Apr 9 17:13:25 EDT 2004
You do say that your machines are using OS X, but I often find in
educational environments it's not a pure environment, and there may be
older OS 7-9 machines to support. If that's the case, you can have a
look at netatalk's afpd, the Linux AppleTalk Filing Protocol Daemon.
Apple's native file sharing is handled via AppleTalk, and Rendezvous. I
have not setup Rendezvous myself under Linux, but getting it working
should not be any great hassle (I have a good friend who has done it and
spoken favorably of it). I personally have setup afpd myself, and it's
a breeze. The museum where my father works is using it to share out a
single set of directories to a very diverse set of clients - OS 8, 9,
and X as well as the same structure via Samba to Windows clients, and
NFS to a linux client or two. Allows for easy document sharing and
collaboration amongst all of the users on the network.
Rendezvous is the magic in OS X that allows for automatic discovery of
network shares and quick and easy network share browsing. If you want
to get it working, a quick google search on "rendezvous linux" will net
all you could want and more.
Aaron S. Joyner
Tanner Lovelace wrote:
> Ralph Blach said the following on 4/9/04 3:12 PM:
>> My son has Apples computers at his school and they are using OSX.
>> Here are my questions.
>> What file sharing protocal does Apple use.
>> Can linux be a file server to a group of apple machines. If , how?
> If they're using OS X, then it's quite easy. OS X supports not only
> AppleTalk, but also Samba and NFS. Probably the easiest thing would
> be to
> just setup samba on a linux box and have the OS X machines connect
> that way. <Apple>-k from the Finder brings up the network connect
> dialog. Specify "smb://hostname/path", username and password and you're
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