A year of plaintext AFP passwords is enough!
I happened to be in the middle of upgrading the box (notice that downtime Tuesday night?), so I checked. Nope. Same deal. But a year later I know a little bit more about Ubuntu and Debian, and this is what I found in /usr/share/doc/netatalk/README.Debian:
OpenSSL support is currently disabled, because of licensing issues: The Free Software Foundation and Debian consider the GNU General Public License (GPL) under which Netatalk is licensed to be incompatible with the OpenSSL license.
Aha. Here at technically.us, we love free-as-in-freedom software but we love gettin’ shit done even more. After all, we’re responsible for little Databinder, a toolkit known for listening to death metal and calling into both Apache and LGPL licensed libraries without even saying “please.”
So far, hoards of flying monkey reverse-IP lawyers haven’t come crashing through the window. We hope it’s because Databinder doesn’t actually distribute or package any dependency, thanks to Maven. I guess that’s similar to how Debian packages work, though. Um, did I just hear someone scream, “Now fly, fly!” ?
Anywho, the Debian downer quoted above is followed by some terse instructions for building the OpenSSH version that would probably make sense to someone who actually knows Linux. But I figured it out eventually.
If you wanted to do AFP file sharing between Mac OS X and Ubuntu (with universe repositories enabled), this is how it would go down:
sudo apt-get build-dep netatalk sudo apt-get install cracklib2-dev fakeroot libssl-dev apt-get source netatalk cd netatalk-2.0.3/ DEB_BUILD_OPTIONS=ssl dpkg-buildpackage -rfakeroot sudo dpkg -i ~/netatalk_2.0.3-4_i386.deb echo "netatalk hold" | sudo dpkg --set-selections
That last command keeps the package manager from overwriting your renegade Netatalk the next time you run it, but it will also hide any updates for it. There’s something you can do about that, but it’s complicated. So I’m going to use the check up on it myself method.
Finally, here’s an inspirational note for IP lawyers, enterprise copy & paste engineers, etc.: the monkeys were only bad because the witch enslaved them.