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Netatalk 3.1 installation on Debian 6.0

August 27th, 2012 2 comments

I use a Debian 6.0 box running Netatalk to backup my Mac using Timemachine. This all worked nicely until recently upgrading to Mountain Lion when, big surprise, Timemachine/Netatalk became unreliable. This seems to happen pretty much every time Apple bumps OSX – for reasons know only to them, all sorts of breaking changes are required to change from one feline to another, while providing minimal value to users.

Some research later, it became clear that Mountain Lion needs Netatalk 3.1 (post 12/8/22) to run reliably.

The instructions here worked well:

Note: do not forget the “./bootstrap”. Also, missing from the requirements are autotools (automake) and libtool.

Quoted from github:

Install prerequisites:

    $ sudo apt-get install build-essential pkg-config checkinstall git-core avahi-daemon libavahi-client-dev

Download src:

    $ cd /usr/local/src
    $ git clone git://
    $ cd netatalk
    $ ./bootstrap

Find current version of Berkeley DB available

    $ apt-cache search libdb

Mine was 5.1, so I'll install that

    $ sudo apt-get install libdb5.1-dev db-util db5.1-util

Same for libgcrypt:

    $ apt-cache search libgcrypt
    $ sudo apt-get install libgcrypt11 libgcrypt11-dev

Configure install

    $ ./configure --with-init-style=debian --with-zeroconf


    $ make
    $ sudo checkinstall

Config is in /usr/local/etc/afp.conf
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