Mar 23

Here’s how to install AFP (Netatalk) on Ubuntu Linux with SSL for encrypted logins.

[code lang=”bash”]apt-get install cracklib2-dev libssl-dev devscripts
apt-get source netatalk
apt-get build-dep netatalk
cd netatalk-*
DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS=ssl sudo dpkg-buildpackage -us -uc
dpkg -i ../netatalk_*.deb[/code]

Now you should prevent it from being upgraded with either:

[code lang=”bash”]echo “netatalk hold” | sudo dpkg –set-selections[/code]


[code lang=”bash”]apt-get install wajig
wajig hold netatalk[/code]

Don’t forget to edit your shared directories:

[code lang=”bash”]nano /etc/netatalk/AppleVolumes.default[/code]

You might also want to advertise the server with Bonjour. I followed these instructions.

Mar 23

Ever wanted to hide an individual file in Mac OS X Finder without prefixing it with a dot? Here’s how (you’ll need the Apple developer tools installed):
[code lang=”bash”]/Developer/Tools/SetFile -a V «filename»[/code]
…and to show it again:

[code lang=”bash”]/Developer/Tools/SetFile -a v «filename»[/code]

If you want the Finder to show all hidden files, use this command:

[code lang=”bash”]defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -bool true[/code]

…and to hide them again:

[code lang=”bash”]defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -bool false[/code]

You’ll need to relaunch the Finder after this. I can think of three ways:

  1. [code lang=”bash”]killall Finder[/code]
  2. The “Force Quit Applications” dialogue box
  3. Click and hold “Finder” in the Dock while also holding ‘option’.
Mar 23

I’ve created this space to share some of my personal projects and tips I find along the way. Plus, anything I have an opinion on.

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