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10.3: Easy access to AppleTalk shares in Panther
Authored by: elmimmo on Dec 16, '03 04:12:05AM

If you always connect to the same shares, no matter how many they are, and do have Appletalk browsing enabled and want the killer way to connect to shares, IMHO I have the unbeatable answer, specially (while not essential) if you use LaunchBar.

As partially denoted in this hint you can create shortcuts to servers by writing their AFP URLs in a an application such as TextEdit and dragging and dropping it to the Desktop. Due to some reason I prefer connecting through AppleTalk instead of TCP/IP so the paths I write are like this:

afp:/at/[username]:[password]@[computer]/[volume], for example

afp:/at/elmimmo:secret@G4/Macintosh%20HD

or

afp:/at/elmimmo:secret@G4

if you want to be prompted for the Volume to connect to.

If you prefer to use TCP/IP you'd use this syntax:

afp://[username]:[password]@[IP numer]/[volume]

like

afp://elmimmo:secret@192.168.28.1/Macintosh%20HD

Double click that shortcut and, boom! INSTANT connection and new mount right in the Desktop, with no dialogs and no nags, no matter what 10.X you are using. You just do not know what I mean by INSTANT until you try it. Drag that shortcut to ~/Library/Favorites if you want it listed as Favorite server in the Connect To (command+K) dialog. You can rename the shortcut icon so that it appears less cryptic in 10.2's Go/Favorites drop down menu

But wait for the better. If you use LaunchBar, add ~/Library/Favorites to the configuration, rescan, and you have all those servers at reach just by typing, in my example, "commad+space" and then "g4". BOOOM! Using LauchBar I have like 30 shortcuts in my Fav folder and spent no more than 1 sec to connect to any of them (instead of the tedious "switch to Finder, Menu Go/Connect to, wait for the sluggish detection of Appletalk computers in the LAN, double click, accept password and select share volume").

PS: If you are concerned about security, you should leave the :[password] string out of the shortcut. But in that case the login window will delay things a bit (just as much as it does when using the normal method).

PPS: If you want a more complex AFP URL, or prefer TCP/IP AFP URLs, you can generate your own with the help of The AFP URL Generator



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