Make a perfect Ubuntu AFP file server with Time Machine support

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Just found an awesome guide from Mattias Kretschmann on how to create a perfect AFP file server for Mac clients that supports Time Machine backups over the network out of the box. It worked for me with a Mac OS X 10.6.3 client and an Ubuntu 10.04 server, with just one small change to the /etc/netatalk/afpd.conf file. The final line simply needed to read:

- -transall -advertise_ssh

Beautiful, thanks Mattias. :)

4 thoughts on “Make a perfect Ubuntu AFP file server with Time Machine support

  1. Hmmm I’ve had Netatalk running like this for a long time, but after using Leopard, found that the macs would create everything without group or world read permissions, and no way of changing that behaviour. Very annoying on a muti user network. Maybe it’s time to reinvestigate this. :)

  2. For two of our shares here, I’ve got an @midnight cronjob that just 777’s everything in those shares. Clunky but it works.

    I just dropped a file in over AFP and it went in at 755. Worryingly, changing it in the Finder to “Everyone > Read & Write” changed it to 000!

    Surely that’s not right…

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