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  1. John Baxendale
    December 8, 2009


    Thanks for this article it’s just saved me some work and messing around – that is always welcome :)

    I think possibly the reason that you need to mount the share manually is nothing to do with the fact the backup directory is a Samba share, but more to do with the fact that you’re not announcing it via ZeroConf/Bonjour.

    I’ve come to this conclusion because I’ve just had a similar problem trying to restore a backup from an AirPort Extreme to a Hackintosh. The problem though, as far as I can tell, is that the Apple boot DVD doesn’t properly enable Bonjour on the Hackintosh Macs (something to do with the UUID string for the host not being determined properly which breaks Bonjour).

    I’m reasonably sure if the share were to be announced via Bonjour the Mac would pick it up and happily restore from it, regardless of whether it’s delivered over SMB/CIFS or AFP.

    It’s a hunch! :)

    • nick
      December 8, 2009

      That would definitely be something to try. It looks like it’s pretty trivial to advertise the samba service using Avahi.

      However much I hope to never again need this information, sadly I’m sure I will.

  2. planetbeing
    May 24, 2010

    Perfect. Thanks!

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