[techtalk] Quick question about Linux/Mac filesharing

Tomlinson, Molly MTomlinson at rational.com
Wed Nov 1 17:48:16 EST 2000


There are a couple of ways you can do this. The quickest way would probably
be to use a package such as NetATalk -- more info on it is available at
http://www.umich.edu/~rsug/netatalk/ and there is a Linux Netatalk HOWTO at
http://thehamptons.com/anders/netatalk/ .  This should meet your needs just

Another possible solution is to use Samba (http://us1.samba.org/samba/) for
SMB filesharing and then use a client such as DAVE
(http://www.thursby.com/products/dave.html) on each of the Macs. It sounds
tedious, and it's not a freeware solution, but it does allow you the
flexibility of accessing any sort of SMB/Windows share from your Macs. Also,
it uses TCP/IP rather than AppleTalk.  My previous workplace used this
solution with a fair degree of success -- it was a very mixed Mac/PC
environment, and the users could easily share between both platforms.


> Most of what I found on the net so far has been vague,
> I assume I am looking in the wrong place. How easy is
> it to use a Linux machine as a file server for a Mac
> network? We have a customer whose server is  an NT machine,
> and has been serving Mac Files successfully to the Mac 
> design network, but now is acting funny. Rather than 
> buy a Mac server that we couldn't service because we
> have no Mac authorized personel, I knew I had read about
> using Linux and Macs together. Can any of you out there
> that have done this tell me how easy it is, or how possible 
> it is? I am assuming it's possible, but I have been wrong 
> before ;-)  
> Amy
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