Friday, November 02, 2007

Hello Tiger

I had to replace my home server's broken Ubuntu. It is an ancient Mac Cube, so going back to MacOSX Tiger seemed like the easiest thing to do.

Using MacPorts, I installed Apache2, SVN, SSL etc.

With a WebDAV repository setup, I needed a way to broadcast it's URL over the local subnet using Bonjour, ironically for a Mac there did not seem to be a way to do it.

MacOS Client comes with a Bonjour Module for Apache 1.3, MacOSX Server comes with one for Apache2 (but I do not have it).
Linux can use mod_dnssd but as it is based on Avahi, I am pretty sure it won't work on MacOSX.

A bit of Googling and I found the dns-sd command. The man page says it is designed for testing only, but it seems to work fine, fired off once at startup.

I use this plist, placed in /Library/LaunchDaemons/


<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple Computer//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
<dict>
<key>Debug</key>
<false/>
<key>Label</key>
<string>org.fiveone.shared-dav-dns-sd</string>
<key>OnDemand</key>
<false/>
<key>ProgramArguments</key>
<array>
<string>/usr/bin/dns-sd</string>
<string>-R</string>
<string>Shared-DAV</string>
<string>_webdav._tcp</string>
<string>local</string>
<string>80</string>
<string>path=/Shared/</string>
</array>
<key>RunAtLoad</key>
<true/>
<key>ServiceDescription</key>
<string>Bonjour Shared</string>
</dict>
</plist>

1 comment:

Jerm said...

Can you imagine then my sheer horror when Leopard Finder stopped seeing webdav._tcp.