How to let samba talk to MAC?

Sean E. Millichamp sean at
Wed Nov 19 17:34:24 GMT 1997

> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 10:28:19 -0600
> From: Hongwei Li <hongwei at>
> To: samba at
> Subject: How to let samba talk to MAC?
> Message-ID: <3471C223.3D729361 at>
> Hi,
> I have a very basic question:  how to let samba talk to MACs?  I mean
> for file and printer sharing?  What should I install or config on linux
> server and on MAC machines?  Any help is greatly appreciated!
> Hongwei Li

Hello Hongwei,

Probably the best way to accomplish this would be with netatalk.  It's a
freely available implementation of Appletalk and runs under Linux (as well
as many other Un*x platforms. It works really well too, we have used it on
occasion here.  I haven't personally set it up, but a coworker of mine
says it's a 5 minute "piece of cake" install.

The official netatalk homepage:

A Linux specific netatalk page that I haven't really looked at yet:

I also heard rumors of an SMB client for the Macintosh, but I think you
might have better sucess if you can use netatalk for your needs even if
such a beast exists.

Regards and good luck =),

 Sean E. Millichamp, Consultant
 Ingematics - A Division of Compu-Aid, Inc.
 Voice: 810-756-8000, Fax: 810-756-8004
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