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I've enabled file sharing (AFP) on my iMac so that I can access it via our MacBook. I've also created a directory ~/shared/family that I have shared to specific user accounts.

When I use the Finder on my MacBook, I see my iMac computer listed, and I can see my ~/Public directory on the iMac, but I can't see ~/shared/family.

How do I authenticate from my MacBook to my iMac? That seems like it's the missing step.

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You're probably missing out on "Connect As...". So you identify not as Guest but as a certain user you added for that family-share.

Connect As...

The button can also be found in the top right, when already in folder-view:

Connect As... bar

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