Apple Macs and Samba

Mike Brodbelt m.brodbelt at
Mon Oct 2 09:41:30 GMT 2000

Chris Andrew wrote:
> Hi,
> Could you tell me if it is possible to utilise Samba as a fileserver for a
> network of Apple Macs?

Out of the box, no. However, you can get and SMB client for the Mac
called Dave available at
There's a write up and some more information at

Your other option is to use the Netatalk package to make your Un*x box
Mac aware, and then you can share the same file tree to your Mac users
and PC users, via both Netatalk and Samba. Samba even has a compile time
option (--enable-netatalk) that make it Netatalk aware, so it correctly
handles resource forks on Mac files.



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