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Old 12-27-2004, 12:18 PM   #1
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Netatalk opposite

I want my linux box to see a mac and be able to connect to appleshare over the internet. I have read up on netatalk but that acts like a server on the linux side. I just want some client version in which my linux box can connect to a appleshare to share files. Any suggestions?
Old 02-12-2005, 03:29 AM   #2
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I've had to deal with a number of problems with Macs clients and a Linux server so upon researching I've found so information that might be helpful to you. If you're running Mac OSX then you have the ability to turn on the capability of Windows File sharing. I've never tried it myself but apparently Mac OSX has the ability to run Samba. I'm posting the directions that I've found:

Setting up a Mac computer to share files with Windows users

You can set up your Mac so that you can share files with Windows computer users.

To allow Windows users to connect to your computer, you need to turn on Windows Sharing. When you turn on Windows Sharing, Mac OS X uses the Samba server software to provide SMB/CIFS file services.

You also need to give the Windows users the network address of your computer, and a user name and password of a user account on your computer.

Open System Preferences and click Sharing and, if necessary, click Services.
Select Windows Sharing in the list, then click Start.
Look below the services list for your computer's network address. Give this address to Windows users.

You can provide users with the user name and password of any account on your computer. To help keep your computer secure, you may want to create a special account for Windows users in Accounts preferences.
I think that if the Macs have the Windows file sharing turned on, a Linux computer can then access it just like it would access a Windows share. Essential turning on this feature on Mac OSX will trick Linux into thinking its communicating to a Window share.

I have not tried this myself since it was the solution to my problem. I hope this at least gives you a little idea about what to do. If the Macs are running OS 9 or anything lower than OSX, there's probably no way to access them from Linux. From all the research that I've already done, it seems that there isn't a way for Linux to talk to a Mac. Hopefully this idea about using Mac's Samba can be a possible solution.
Old 11-18-2005, 05:12 AM   #3
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I apologise for hi-jacking this thread I was hoping you guys might be able to point me in the right direction. We have a small office set up with a CentOS server with a number of Win XP Pro clients connecting to the server and using roaming profiles. I appear to have got my head around this and it works well for what we require. We have recently bought a mac for some DTP / Video work and I wish this to be able to access my Samba home directory and shares on CentOS. With little or no experience in Macs can anyone point me to a web site that can help me get my mac to authenticate automatically with the Linux Samba server so I can get my usual read / write permissions on my directories?

All the information I have found to date from googling assumes you are setting up a samba server on the mac - whilst I just want to use the mac as a client.

Any help / pointers and suggestions would be greatly received!!


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