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networking two Macs: insisting on using ftp instead of afp?
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Sep 11, 2006, 03:51 PM
 
Hi All,

I've got the ftp access running on both my G5 and 12" PowerBook (in order to send files from my wi-fi equipped camera to the Macs).

For some reason, when I try to network the two machines together (ethernet, via a 100baseT switch), they insist on connecting via ftp, instead of afp. Can anyone tell me how I can force an afp connection (I'm hoping "turn off ftp" isn't a necessary answer, I'd hope that afp would take priority). I wouldn't have a problem if accessing and using files via ftp were the same as afp, but I'm having permission problems (yes, I log in to the remote machine using the admin name and pass).

Both machines are running 10.4.7

Thanks in advance for any help,

Chas
     
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Sep 11, 2006, 05:40 PM
 
Ask in the Networking forum, ok? That's what it's there for.

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Sep 12, 2006, 01:29 AM
 
It all depends on how you're connecting. If you're using the Finder's 'Connect to Server...' you can force an AFP connection by entering a AFP url: afp://ip.address/sharename/
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chasg  (op)
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Sep 12, 2006, 03:08 AM
 
I'll repost in the networking forum (Camelot, yes I can force afp in that dialog, but that's multi-step, I'd rather just use an alias in the Dock)

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Sep 12, 2006, 03:11 AM
 
Ah, it's already in the Networking forum. Never mind :-)
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 05:21 AM
 
Just been fiddling with this a bit more, and I guess what really bugs me is that I'd expect OSX to prefer afp over ftp, when given a choice. Right now, it seems to be the opposite.

Anyone know how I can get OSX to prefer afp over ftp, when connecting using the "Network" icon? (I'd rather not use the multiple steps of "Connect to Server").

Chas
     
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Sep 19, 2006, 05:50 AM
 
If you mount ftp servers as shares via the Finder, you cannot write to them. Hence I don't think ftp can replace afp for what you want to do. Use either nfs, afp or samba (Windows sharing) instead … or is there any reason why you want to stick to ftp?
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chasg  (op)
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Sep 19, 2006, 07:16 AM
 
Hi OreoCookie,

I'm afraid that you've misunderstood me (sorry I wasn't more clear). I most definitely do not want the two Macs to talk via ftp (but rather by afp).

The problem is that I've got the OSX ftp server running on both of these Macs (so I can transmit to them from my wifi-capable camera), and now they're insisting on connecting to each other via ftp instead of afp (the only way I can get them to communicate via afp is to use the Finder's "Connect to Server" command).

I can solve the problem by turning off the ftp servers on both machines, but I'd much rather learn why two Macs would rather mount each others' drives via ftp.

Chas
     
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Sep 20, 2006, 06:59 PM
 
Ah, ok, I misunderstood.
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Oct 24, 2006, 06:20 PM
 
Why not have each Mac connect to each other manually via afp and then put the root or home folder of each onto the other Mac's Finder sidebar. Then connecting is as simply as a single click and it does the rest in the background (via afp)
     
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Oct 24, 2006, 06:25 PM
 
Yeah, that's exactly how I normally get my machines to talk to each other, but when ftp is running on both machines, they insist on using ftp to connect.

Thanks anyway :-)

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Oct 25, 2006, 02:24 AM
 
Then run a 3rd part FTP server like Rumpus instead of the one built into the mac os.
     
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Oct 25, 2006, 07:14 AM
 
All the solutions here are very much appreciated, I guess what I'd really like to know is why two Macs, both running afp and ftp, prefer to connect via the older and non-native ftp protocol over afp.

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