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I thought I'd make a new thread about this as I think it maybe affecting others as well.


the JaS 10.4.7 DVD is great, installs fine and everything pretty much works straight after install, only there's two things I can't get working:

  • Personal File Sharing
  • Samba (via smb:// )

In the System Preferences, Sharing, if I click on 'Personal File Sharing' the checkbox is ticked, but with a grey tick and to the right "File Sharing starting up...", however it never does start up.


With accessing my Windows shares, I'm unable to do so via the CMD+K command in Finder. No matter what I type in, it just doesn't appear to respond. The 'connect' button reacts, but that's all. No error message either.


I tried the Samba Fix for 10.4.6, but that didn't appear to have any affect. I've since removed the files it placed in /System/ (the Locations folder).


Is anyone else experiencing these two issues, or perhaps just one?


Any help in either matter would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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Though I'm no closer to finding a solution, its good to know that I'm not the only one and that if I re-installed things it probably wouldn't help :P


Personal file sharing is the only thing that fails. What systems are you trying to share data between? As a workaround use windows file sharing: \\ip\shortname for access. Also, smb through the connect to server does work for me.


I'm using the JaS 10.4.7 DVD.

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The odd thing is that whatever I type into the 'Connect to Server' box it doesn't do anything. No error at all.


I've tried:



doesthiswork? (and other strings)


When I click 'Connect' the button depresses, but nothing happens. Its very weird.

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Starforge, I face the exact same problem that you described. For now I've gone back to JaS 10.4.6 DVD. I have tried everything I can think of (which really is not that much) but nothing works.



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I still can't get personal file sharing to work, but with regards to the 'connect to server' and Windows shares issue Harietje posted a solution:








mountpoint=~/myshare (~ = homedir.)


1. mkdir ~/myshare

2. mount_smbfs //john:secret@ ~/myshare


That's it. I'm using this on a clean JaS 10.4.7 install. Check if you've spaces in your sharename. In that case you have to use quotes.

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Personal File Sharing does not work. AppleFileServer it is not started


Temporary solution for check:

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/AppleFileServer.app/Contents/MacOS/AppleFileServer


The reason:

The link /usr/sbin/AppleFileServer.lnk is spoiled!!!



To delete the link and to create new!

After that Personal File Sharing starts to work.


I shall continue the researches later....

It is necessary to check up all links to files.

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Ok, I fixed the file sharing issue with the above method :gathering::D

However, when I try to connect to any of the network drives located on my other 2 PCs, I getthis error 119fs695465.png . This is after I installed JaS 10.4.7 full iso. When I had 10.4.6 and patched with 10.4.7 patch I didn't have any problems. Anyone else having this issue? Any known solutions?

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Similar workaround to the Samba fix, use the afp_mount command to mount the volume.


I created a /Volumes/mount1 dir, and then used the following command:


afp_mount afp://user:pass@ /Volumes/mount1


and success..


I just made a batch file that mounts my network samba and afp dirs and set it to autorun on bootup.. gross but ok for now.

java script:emoticon(':(',%20'smid_2')

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I am also experiencing this problem.


Identical as Above, I do notice a coreservicesd crash in the system console, I think it has to do with the decrypted binaries JaS threw in the 10.4.7 install DVD, this is a fresh install. Connect to button is clickable but does nothing, will populate local computers but you receive the alias error when clicking connect in the finder network browser.





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I Also have the AppleFileServer issue if anyone has a fix yet that would be Awsome Im Using the JaS 10.4.7 full iso install, i get the sharing started with the sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/AppleFileServer.app/Contents/MacOS/AppleFileServer

command but atill cant surf other computers on the network. Although they show up but wont connect.

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Well the reason why I posted here is because I just could not find the solution. Believe me, I wouldn't ask unless it was necessary. If someone could please let me know where this solution is located on the forum I would appreaciate it greatly. Unfortunately, every time you do a search in the forum it gives you and error or such. Anyways, thanks for the help, but like I said, is not a big deal, I was just trying to see if anyone else had the same problem and apparently some do.


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