OSX Authentication box

Richard Miller wow at together.net
Tue Jul 1 13:33:56 EDT 2008

The problem here is that this is on a customer's server and my  
company is responsible for a remote backup of this unit late at night  
which requires file sharing to be turned off. The Rev/Applescript  
program is supposed to briefly turn off file sharing, let the system  
backup, then turn it back on again. It has to be an automated operation.


On Jul 1, 2008, at 11:39 AM, J. Landman Gay wrote:

> Richard Miller wrote:
>> Ken,
>> What I am doing is turning file sharing on and off on a Mac. The  
>> standard shell script one might use to do this doesn't seem to  
>> work when the file sharing control panel is in its "locked" state.
>>> do shell script "/usr/sbin/AppleFileServer" password "x" with  
>>> administrator
>>> privileges
>>> Turning off with:
>>> do shell script "/usr/bin/killall AppleFileServer" password "x" with
>>> administrator privileges
>> When it is locked, I was using Applescript to unlock it. But that  
>> requires putting in the password and then closing the dialog box.  
>> That's where the problem is coming from.
> I tend to think that's a good thing. If an administrator has locked  
> file sharing (or any other preference,) there's a reason. Seems to  
> me it would be a security hole if anyone were able to unlock system  
> prefs behind the user's back -- malware would certainly take  
> advantage of that. I think my solution would be to see if the  
> script succeeds, and if not, put up an error dialog informing the  
> user of the problem. Then let them make the decision about what to do.
> Personally, as a user, I would avoid software that changes my  
> preferences like that. I'm not even real comfortable with it  
> turning file sharing on and off without my knowledge. I'd much  
> prefer that the software tell me about its requirements and let me  
> do it.
> -- 
> Jacqueline Landman Gay         |     jacque at hyperactivesw.com
> HyperActive Software           |     http://www.hyperactivesw.com
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