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Classic is Back: Mac Apps on the Network

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By Randall R. Saeks

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Posted: 19 Jan 2005

Admit it - if you're a Mac user, there are a few (or maybe more than a few) of those classic applications you just can't do without. But of course they won't always run on the network. Cool Solutions frequent contributor Randy Saeks shows us how to get them running with network home directories on eDirectory/LDAP/NetWare 6.


Users log in to OS X, with LDAP for eDirectory or NetWare 6 and use network based-home directories. With that configuration, they cannot run classic Macintosh applications.


The Preferences for the classic applications are stored with a filename longer than 31 characters. This long filename does not work with the supplied AFP module in Netware 6. (Note: This does function properly in Netware 6.5).

To get around this problem, follow these easy steps:

  1. Re-direct to a local folder containing the preferences.
  2. Get the working preferences from a user account, such as (~/Library/Preferences/ByHost) and put them into a shared location.
  3. Make sure users have read-write access to the files.
  4. Use a login hook to create a link in the users home folder residing on the network to point to the local hard disk.

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