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Mac OS X, Mac OS 9 file sharing crippled?

updated 03:50 pm EDT, Tue May 1, 2007

Mac file sharing crippled?

Apple may have crippled Mac OS X's ability to share files to Mac OS 9 clients with its latest security patch, according to one MacNN reader. The Mac user who supports numerous clients across London, and claims that all of his clients are experiencing the same problem following Apple's latest security patch: When a Mac OS 9 clients tries to copy a file to an open Mac OS X file share, the fileshare disconnects and the Finder reports that the share unexpectedly closed down. The user, who still requires Mac OS 9 systems to run some older software such as Quark 4 and other DTP type applications, conducted a search to discover that another user is experiencing the same issue.

by MacNN Staff




  1. suhail

    Joined: Dec 1969



    We have the same problem. We cannot copy or save to OS X from OS 9.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969



    If memory serves...

    From within the Chooser:

    Be sure to hold down the OPTION key while double-clicking the fileshare.

    This should force TCP/IP access rather than Appletalk access. That ought to fix your trouble.

    If not, then select the TCP/IP button and access the server that way instead of via Appletalk.

    You might consider this a work-around. I know. But, it WILL get you working again.

    - Mr. Shilo McDonald

  1. appleisgreat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Mac OS 9 is dead!!! Why do people still use it? It's time for you people to upgrade to OS X.

  1. bnumerick

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Same issue with Vista

    Here I thought it was Vista that was having the problem. I've had the same exact issue trying to copy files to my media center box.

  1. nativeNYer

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OS 9

    Wait a minute! Do these people REALLY need to use OS 9? Can't they run the older applications they need in Classic? That still works you know. And they would be using the OS X Finder for copies, which would mitigate this issue. Honestly, I can't understand how people expect backward compatibility to continue using an OS that has now been dead for 5 years. Move on people. Geez!

  1. makesense

    Joined: Dec 1969



    the trend is....with new mac stuff, the old stuff gets snuffed

  1. hokizpokis

    Joined: Dec 1969


    OSX refuses Appletalk

    this issue has been around for some time, OS 9 uses Appletalk (RIP) and OSX uses IP network protocol

    strange how the UK mac users are just now at this junction...

    What needs to be done is to connect the OS 9 client to OSX thru IP by using the button 'server IP address' in the chooser... since OSX does not support Appletalk, I've never tried the 'option button' that guest suggests above

    If my memory serves me right this became the case when OS X 10.2 was introduced (Jaguar) back in 2003!

    Of course things could be different in the UK where alot of mac users have avoided the OSX upgrade...

    limey's, time to spend some cash on what you've been missing!!

  1. ggirton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    how much does it cost?

    i don't know how much OS/X cost in the UK when it first came out back in the spring of 2001. But I think maybe its time to consider upgrading those apps that only run on 9. Hang on just another 6 month, chaps, then upgrade to 10.5, rrrrrrowr!!!!!!!

  1. OtisWild

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Man, nobody runs Macintel in the UK? IIRC Classic doesn't even exist for OS X for Intel architecture!

    Time to catch up, what?

  1. Kees

    Joined: Dec 1969


    people should upgrade,but

    to claim that OS X does not support Appletalk is a little silly. We have ditched our OS 9 systems long ago, but I still have Appletalk enabled on every Mac so we can print on some of the older lasers, works just fine. (it's a simple matter of a checkbox in the Appletalk section of network prefs)

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