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I've used scp and ftp to get files in and out of my iPhone. But they are kinda awkward and un-Mac. I was thinking whether it's possible to share out my iPhone using maybe something like AppleTalk, like how I share files with other Macs. Any ideas? Has anybody tried it before. Thanks.

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I'm assuming this is jailbroken? If so, please specify. – jtbandes Jul 26 '09 at 2:42
It's using scp, already jailbroken. – user3291 Jul 26 '09 at 2:43

You cant' do this out of the box without jailbreaking your iPhone an intalling Cydia.

But since you can already use scp, I assume your iPhone must already be jailbroken. ;-)

Alright, if you’re using Mac OS 10.5 (Leopard), life is easy: the connection between your iPhone and Mac is seamless.

Lauch Cydia and install the Netatalk package, which is actually an open source impementation of AppleTalk.

Tap Sections. The Netatalk package should be under the Network section. Install it.


Once you have installed Netatalk, connecting to your iPhone is a breeze:

  1. Make sure your iPhone has Wifi is turned on.
  2. Your iPhone should show up in the Finder as shared device.
  3. Next, click Connect As button to logon as another user. You'll be ased to enter the username/password.
  4. Type root or mobile for name and alpine for password. Then click “Connect”.

Now your iPhone is connected with your Mac. You should see a “mobile” folder and you can drag & drop files into the iPhone. This is great for Cycorder users.

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Keep using SSH, especially if you use RSA/DSA keys to login and not passwords.
If you want it to integrate with the Finder then use a program like ExpanDrive.
It should show up like a regular volume, and you should be able to use it in every app.

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+1 for ExpanDrive. It allows you to mount any directory on any machine you have SSH access to as a volume. Very handy. – Matthew Schinckel Jul 28 '09 at 14:12

Check out this tutorial (with screenshots) about setting up AFP.

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If you just want to use the iPhone as a Data Storage (and viewer for native known file formats like pdf, doc etc.) you could use sth. like AirSharing ( I think you can find a bunch of similar Apps, too. AirSharing uses the WebDav protocol for file exchange.

I don't think AppleTalk is more Mac-like or has any advantage over most other protocols in this use case.

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