[K12OSN] Re:View Multiple share points with Netatalk and vsFTP

David Tisdell penguintiz at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 8 17:12:50 UTC 2004

Netatalk does a pretty good job of behaving as an
AppleShare server. You can setup multiple shares. If
you are going to run netatalk, you should go to
netatalk.sourceforge.net. There is a mailing list
there you can join which would be beneficial. One
thing to be aware of is that netatalk is still based
on AFP 2.0 and OS X uses AFP 3.0. Apple did not write
good backward compatability into OS X. I think their
intent was to force people to upgrade their
AppleShareIP server to OS X. You will run into issues
with netatalk and OS X clients. Samba is a better
solution if you have all OS X clients. If you are
mixed with OS X and 9 or earlier, I would use netatalk
and train you OS X users to deal with the
idiosyncracies they will run into. If you want more
details, I can give them to you but I need to go now.
Message: 4
Date: Tue, 6 Apr 2004 13:03:27 -0500
From: "Jim Kronebusch" <jim at winonacotter.org>
Subject: [K12OSN] View Multiple share points with
Netatalk and vsFTP
To: <k12osn at redhat.com>
<006901c41c01$79194220$1b1b060a at winonacotter.org>
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I will be migrating our main fileserver to linux this
summer.  Right 
if a user logs in via appletalk they get to choose
from multiple share
points.  Is this possible with netatalk?  Or is it
possible to have
aliases within the users home directory to take them
to other home
directories as long as they have proper permissions to
the other 
via group privileges?  Can this same setup also be
accessed via FTP as
Here is a scenario if it helps:
User X logs in and is taken to their /home/usrXfolder/
Now user X wants to drop files into a teacher Y's drop
folder located 
Can this user either:
A. See 2 share points on login /usrXfolder/ and
/1sthourdrop/ or
B. Dump directly into their /usrXfolder/ and see an
alias to
I currently have vsFTP set with chroot_local_user=yes
option to lock
into the users /home/user directory to keep them from
Whatever solution I go with I want to be sure that if
a user logs in
from home via FTP on a Windows based system they can
directories in the same fashion.
Also the majority of our computers here are Macintosh,
and we are 
more Windows machines, when we get to adding Linux
machines they will 
thin clients.  So I guess Samba will need to reflect
this configuration
as well.
I hope this makes some sort of sense to everyone.  And
me out if there is a better way to do this.  I want to
avoid giving
users more than one username and password.  Also
depending on what
activities or courses a student is involved in, this
won't be limited 
two folders, there may be half a dozen in some cases.

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