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Networking protocol between Linux and Synology

Postby MaiJo » Sun Aug 06, 2017 3:35 am

Hello all
I have used various Synology NAS over the years, always with Windows clients.
Now I am trying out Linux Mint.
I am trying to understand the file sharing / networking protocol (if 'protocol' is the right word here).
In my file server, when accessing files on my NAS, I see such as:
afp://DS213_Nagoya.local/Michael/
Can someone please explain the parts of this local address, please?
For example, why afp? I thought that was something to do with Apple? I did a search on this forum for 'afp' and pretty much all was related to MAC OS.
As for the '.local', if it was not '.local', what else might it be?
I have done a Google search on this but as yet have found nothing that helps me to understand why I have some Apple application managing file sharing between my Linux machine and my Synology NAS.
Many thanks.
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Re: Networking protocol between Linux and Synology

Postby drabisan » Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:37 pm

Help me understand what do you mean by "In my file server". Fedora machine?
Why it uses AFP? Most likely is the way it discovered your NAS. If AFP it's enable on your NAS Fedora picked it for some reasons. I'm an Ubuntu person and I can't really reproduce it.
You should be able to access it smb://DS213_Nagoya/Michael/.
If you're pinging from Fedora DS213_Nagoya does it work? It should.

Many years ago I had a MacBook Pro and I remember .local was the way it was accessing my NAS via AFP...

Can't help more than this, sorry.
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Re: Networking protocol between Linux and Synology

Postby MaiJo » Tue Aug 08, 2017 12:16 pm

Hi
Many thanks for taking the trouble to answer my question.
By 'File Explorer' I meant network browser. On my Linux Mint installation it is called 'Nemo'.
In the address window at the top, it has 'afp://DS213_Nagoya.local/Michael/' where 'Michael' is a shared folder on my Synology NAS.
I have at other times seen, I think, 'SMB'.
'I'm an Ubuntu person and I can't really reproduce it.'
This is where I show my ignorance because I thought that Linux Mint was almost the same as Ubuntu. :-|
"You should be able to access it smb://DS213_Nagoya/Michael/.
Thanks for that suggestion. Yes, I can. I deleted the 'AFP' and typed 'SMB' instead.
So, what is going on here?
At the moment it seems just an academic point as I am connecting fine either way, but maybe in the future I will need to understand this.
Thanks again for your time.
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Re: Networking protocol between Linux and Synology

Postby sincarne » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:57 pm

Disable AFP on NAS if you not want to use and don't know how to make persistent share in linux
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Re: Networking protocol between Linux and Synology

Postby MaiJo » Sun Aug 13, 2017 1:07 pm

OK, I'll have a look at doing that.
I managed to do the equivalent, almost, of mapping a drive, as in Windows, by creating a bookmark, following someone else's advice and using WebDav in the 'Connect to Server facility under 'File' in Nemo.
Thanks for your suggestion.

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