Mac OS X: Some Mac OS X Applications and Services Require AFP 3.0 or Later When Using AFP Home Directories

Mac OS X applications may not work properly when using Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) home directories hosted by a server that does not have AFP 3.0 or later as a feature.
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AFP 3.0 adds several features, including:
  • file names longer than 31 characters
  • works with volumes larger than 4 GB
  • uses UNIX permissions

Many Mac OS X applications and services expect these features. These applications and services may experience unexpected behavior with earlier versions of AFP.

When accessing remote file services using AFP, an AFP server that includes AFP version 3.0 or later may be required for use with some Mac OS X applications and services.

Versions included by product
  • Mac OS X Server 10.2 includes AFP 3.1
  • Mac OS X Server versions 10.0.3 through 10.1.4 include AFP version 3.0
  • Mac OS X Server 1.x includes AFP 2.2
  • AppleShare IP includes AFP 2.2 and earlier
  • Third-party AFP servers - see vendor documentation
Published Date: Feb 17, 2012