Specify the Finder icon with Avahi

Finder shared area icons Yesterday, I blogged about my various issues setting up Apple Filesharing on the Debian virtual server I’ve got running in Parallels. As of OS X 10.5, Leopard, the Finder has a shared area which shows the machines it’s discovered via Bonjour so you can easily connect to them. Today I got bored of having the default icon for my server, bizarrely Apple have set the default icon as a Cinema Display (what?), I wanted something more visually informative. After some Googling around and a bit of configuration on the Debian side, the server is now using an XServe icon. Continue reading Specify the Finder icon with Avahi

Problems mounting a Debian drive over AFP

It took me ages to find the answer to this, so I figured I’d post the answer for posterity; hopefully between us, Google and I can help the next person avoid that hassle.

I’ve created a Debian virtual server in Parallels for some development work. To ease the pain of mounting drives, I’ve configured AFP (Apple File Protocol) on the server. (As a sidenote: there’s some issues with Debian’s AFP package, netatalk, and OS X Leopard which mean you have to recompile netatalk, for which you can find instructions here. You probably also want to have your server auto-discovered and appearing in the “Shared” areas of the finder, for which you can find instructions there. Some Debian chutzpah will be required to follow both these sets of instructions.)

All was running well, and I was happy, until one day the drives stopped mounting… Continue reading Problems mounting a Debian drive over AFP

Quick thoughts for 2008-01-16 (via Twitter)

  • @samclark – If Leopard still freezes on boot with a non-existent drive then I’m not updating. #
  • Very amusing tale from Gruber’s kid: http://twitter.com/AmyJane/statuses/603632882 #
  • Darn, I was hoping to get over to Leeds GeekUp this evening, but Work is squatting on my life and it’s not going to happen. #
  • Really interesting ideas from BBC Radio Labs on "visual" radio: http://tinyurl.com/2byw5w #
  • Argh. Does anyone know how to escape the * character in Basecamp? I’m trying to document a shellscript with wildcards and it’s very annoying #