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10.7: View Linux SMB servers in Path Finder
Authored by: blinkintosser on Sep 26, '11 09:13:52PM
You can probably announce the Linux SMB services from the Mac itself using OS Xs built-in dns-sd to advertise it. Under Snow Leopard, which I still use, I have a few slapped-together LaunchAgents to announce the availability of remote Windows SMB servers that are on the far side of routers VPNs mostly where broadcasts cant cross, causing them to show up in the garbage bar on the left side of (at least regular, if not also Path-) Finder windows like local servers would. Here is one that I have modified slightly to redact private info:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
  <dict>
    <key>Disabled</key>
      <false/>
    <key>Label</key>
      <string>org.mydomain.ssh.smb_server.domain_announce</string>
    <key>KeepAlive</key>
      <true/>
    <key>ProgramArguments</key>
      <array>
        <string>/usr/bin/dns-sd</string>
        <string>-P</string>
        <string>server.domain</string>
        <string>_smb._tcp.</string>
        <string>.</string>
        <string>445</string>
        <string>192.168.249.65</string>
        <string>0.0.0.0</string>
      </array>
  </dict>
</plist>
SMB servers announced this way show a Mac icon instead of the blue-screen CRT, but it all works the same.

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