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Install AFP (Time Machine) and Bonjour service on Raspberry PI

Raspbian Buster Lite (without desktop)

  1. Download Raspbian Buster Lite
  2. Install Raspbian with etcher to SD card
  3. Boot from SD card…

Basic configuration and Wifi connection

Terminal window
sudo raspi-config
  1. Change User Password :-) (default user pi with password raspberry)
  2. Change Localisation Options… select en_US.utf8 and whatever else
  3. Enable SSH in Interfacing Options
  4. Configure WiFi in Network Options and change Hostname (in my case to pi)

If you have Wifi with hidden SSID, you will need change sudo nano /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf file and add scan_ssid=1:

Terminal window
ctrl_interface=DIR=/var/run/wpa_supplicant GROUP=netdev
psk="and password :)"

If your language characters are still wrong (square), you have to reconfigure locales again:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure locales
sudo dpkg-reconfigure console-setup
sudo dpkg-reconfigure keyboard-configuration

Reboot (sudo reboot) and then check with iwgetid if you are connected to your Wifi!

Install AFP support: netatalk

Netatalk provide AppleTalk Filing Protocol (AFP) interface:

Terminal window
sudo apt install netatalk -y

edit sudo nano /etc/netatalk/afp.conf

; mimic model = RackMac
basedir regex = /home
;[My AFP Volume]
;path = /path/to/volume
;[My Time Machine Volume]
;path = /path/to/backup
;time machine = yes

Install Bonjour support: avahi )

Terminal window
sudo apt install avahi-daemon avahi-utils -y
sudo update-rc.d avahi-daemon defaults

Config AFPD with /etc/avahi/services/afpd.service

<?xml version="1.0" standalone='no'?><!--*-nxml-*-->
<!DOCTYPE service-group SYSTEM "avahi-service.dtd">
<name replace-wildcards="yes">%h</name>

PS: RackMac is define icon that will be shown in Finder (there is plenty other options e.g. Windows, Macintosh, TimeCapsule and so on)

Config SSH with /etc/avahi/services/ssh.service

<?xml version="1.0" standalone='no'?><!--*-nxml-*-->
<!DOCTYPE service-group SYSTEM "avahi-service.dtd">
<name replace-wildcards="yes">%h SSH</name>

For server less ssh you can copy your key to pi:

Terminal window
ssh-copy-id pi@pi.local

Configure avahi daemon

Then in /etc/avahi/avahi-daemon.conf change two parametters host-name and publish-workstation:

host-name=pi # this row
# ...
publish-workstation=yes # this row
# ...

Enable Avahi and Nettalk

Enable afp and avahi

Terminal window
sudo systemctl enable netatalk
sudo systemctl enable avahi-daemon

and start them

Terminal window
sudo service avahi-daemon start
sudo service netatalk start

now check if everything works well with

Terminal window
avahi-browse -a | grep $(hostname)