Should I support AFP protocol for MAC users?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by eeslook, Sep 4, 2008.

  1. eeslook macrumors newbie

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    Hi,I'm a newbie here and I will build a file serve for MAC users. MAC os supports SMB and AFP, I have support SMB, should I support AFP protocol for MAC users? Anything bad if I do not support AFP protocol?
    Is there any different for file transport between AFP protocol and SMB protocol in MAC os?
    :confused:
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Unless you're targeting pre-Mac OS 8.5 systems, which require AFP support for networking, don't bother. AFP is a protocol no longer in use at Apple.

    EDIT: Also, the SMB support is for Windows networks. Mac OS X uses neither AFP nor SMB as its primary networking protocol - my understanding is that Mac OS X networking is TCP/IP based.
     
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

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    Don't Macs by default use AFP? i.e. when you go to drop something in someone's DropBox, etc.

    Edit: are you thinking of the AppleTalk protocol?
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    AFP is TCP/IP-based. Read and be wise.
     
  5. portent macrumors 6502a

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    AFP supports Mac-specific metadata, like resource forks. It's not necessary, but it would create a better experience for Mac users.
     
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    D'oh! Thanks, I was thinking of AppleTalk. :eek:
     
  7. eeslook thread starter macrumors newbie

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    :)
    Thanks, I get messages from here and here.
    I will test for them!
     

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