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Samba on Mac OS X


Next — and this was the tough part to figure out — we need to modify one, single, very important preference file that basically informs Launch Services that SMB should now be running:

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/ “EnabledServices” ‘(disk)’

This command modifies the file in our /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration folder. That file is watched by launchd such that when it is modified thusly, launchd knows to start and run the smbd daemon in the appropriate fashion. Still, for good measure, I like to reload the LaunchDaemon for the SMB server by hand. Don’t need to, but it’s a nice idea:

sudo launchctl unload /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/
sudo launchctl load -F /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

That’s pretty much it! There are a few oddities: For one, the new share will not initially appear in the Sharing Preferences pane, nor will the Finder show it as a Shared Folder when you open the window.