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Turn Rendezvous on/off from the command line System
To turn Rendezvous on/off using the Terminal, use these commands:

To stop:
sudo /System/Library/StartupItems/mDNSResponder/mDNSResponder stop
To re-start Rendezvous:
sudo /System/Library/StartupItems/mDNSResponder/mDNSResponder start
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Turn Rendezvous on/off from the command line
Authored by: kcamera on Oct 09, '03 03:37:17PM

I'm fairly new to the Mac/OSX platform... Can someone also offer the right way to disable Rendezvous using the GUI, just for reference?



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Turn Rendezvous on/off from the command line
Authored by: mrwilly123 on Oct 09, '03 04:47:26PM

you cant do it using the gui, as the whole point of rendezvous is to be invisible. why would you want to turn it off anyways?

but if you are unsure about how to do the above hint:
go to applications>utilities>terminal and type the above text in and press enter.



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Turn Rendezvous on/off from the command line
Authored by: lolopb on Oct 09, '03 05:37:27PM

Did you try to uncheck the Rendezvous box in /Applications/Utilities/Directory Access ?



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Turn Rendezvous on/off from the command line
Authored by: kcamera on Oct 09, '03 07:25:39PM

I just tried that, and you hit the nail on the head. Unchecking Rendezvous in Directory Access effectively terminated the mDNSResponder, which if the main hint is accurate, should mean that Rendezvous is no longer running.

Thanks! I always like to know what is happening to the ones and zeros on my hard drive when I click buttons...



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Turn Rendezvous on/off from the command line
Authored by: Mattbot on Oct 09, '03 10:13:23PM

This sounds a bit odd to me. I believe that the service plug-in check boxes in Directory Access were solely for accessing directory server information by those protocols, not administering the protocols themselves. For instance, unchecking NetInfo certainly does not shutdown NetInfo or you would be unable to login except in single user mode. Likewise you can run slapd with the LDAP plug-ins left unchecked.

I experimented a bit with this on my own. After unchecking Rendezvous in Directory Access I still see the mDNSResponder process running and remote machines could still ping me using my machine's .local address.

I am unaware of a means of controlling Rendezvous via the GUI but it would be welcome feature, particularly if it could allow the selective broadcasting of services (i.e. user a's website, but not user b's). Does anyone know if that's even directly possible with the Rendezvous?



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Turn Rendezvous on/off from the command line
Authored by: kcamera on Oct 09, '03 07:22:25PM

I have no idea why I would want to do this, that's why I want to do it ;) Just for the sake of experimentation.

Perhaps I will get faster refreshing of the server list when connecting to remote services. I might save 1MB or so of memory, which is admittedly useless, but fun. I also don't fully understand Rendezvous, and until I do I'd rather it not be running (I'm a control freak, especially on my computer).

I'm actually a veteran Windows and UNIX user, and do some IT consulting on the side, so I know my way around a PC but am just starting to fiddle with the OSX platform...



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Turn Rendezvous on/off from the command line
Authored by: archer823 on Oct 15, '03 04:09:31PM

Rendezvous and Multicast DNS in general causes a lot of network traffic, and if you don't need it, why bother generating the traffic?



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Turn Rendezvous on/off from the command line
Authored by: paranoid on Nov 04, '03 04:45:37AM

There are a couple of good security reasons to turn Rendezvous off. If you're on an untrusted network (say the wireless LAN down at the local coffee shop), it might not be a good idea to broadcast what services you're running. Even if they're password protected, there may be as-yet unreleased security holes in them.

Conversely, if you're trying to sniff a network without cluttering it up, or if you don't want your presence detected, the periodic multicasts from Rendezvous will ruin your day.



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Turn Rendezvous on/off from the command line
Authored by: shideg on Nov 10, '03 02:06:24PM

Here's why I would disable it:

I manage Macs in computer labs in a college, and we don't want students printing to departmental printers that show up via Rendezvous, just the printers we define for each lab.

++Steve



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You can do this from the GUI
Authored by: Cantus on Oct 09, '03 07:51:37PM

As user lolopb here found out, you can disable Rendezvous by opening the application Directory Access in /Applications/Utilities.

Unselect 'Rendezvous' from the list of services listed and click the 'Apply' button to make the changes.

If everything in the window is grayed out and inaccessible, you may need to authenticate first. Click the lock at the lower left corner of the window and enter your user password, if you have administrator privileges.



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You can do this from the GUI
Authored by: kcamera on Oct 09, '03 08:25:26PM

I should correct my earlier reply... I did take both of your advice and disable Rendezvous in Directory Access, but the mDNSResponder process remains running (before, it slipped past me).

I don't know if this process is synonymous with Rendezvous being active, but this doesn't seem to have the exact same effect as the original hint. Disabling in Directory Access leaves it running, but using the StartupItem script to stop the service does kill the process...



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Turn Rendezvous on/off from the command line
Authored by: bluehz on Oct 09, '03 11:29:40PM

All sounds fine and dandy - if you can get Rendezvous working. Like many Apple technologies - it is released with little to no documentation. I personally have tried and tried to get it workin on my internal LAN and never have had any success. Also search for simple step by step - not found it yet.



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