automating mac->UNIX ABI data

Harry Mangalam mangalam at home.com
Thu Oct 14 12:20:18 EST 1999

This may not be what you want, but if it's the human side of automation
that's being troublesome, the free netatalk allows most unix hosts (but not
IRIX, HPUX yet I think) to act as Appleshare-IP servers so you can drag,
drop, run applications from, delete file from, etc a unix host from a Mac -
ie it makes the unibox look like another Mac on the network.

The problem with it (and all such protocols) is that the Apple file
structure depends on 2 part, the data fork and the resource fork.  Most
unix filesystems don't subscribe this viewof the universe and so netatalk
represents each Mac file as 2 files, the data fork stored where you would
expect it to be and a semi-hidden file containing the resource fork in a
.Applesomething directory which stores info like what application made it,
the icon info, etc).

Other than this little (mostly invisible) oddity, it's fantastic.  Most
people have found that it's also much faster than std appletalk, and since
it's Appletalk-IP, you can connect over the Internet to access your Mac
files stored in this way (as can other people - it's also a significant
security consideration).

Be sure to get the 'asun' distribution.

Home is:

Asun distro:


Chris Botka wrote:
> Hi,
> I am novice on this particular subject, so if this is a silly
> question, apologies in advance.
> I have been asked by some folks who use our resource about
> automating uploads of ABI (377) base calls and raw sequence data to
> a UNIX host.
> I figure *someone* must have some scripts etc. to do this.  Issues
> are: automation on the mac side (Applescript MacPerl?), naming
> conventions, and compression??...
> Thanks,
> Chris
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