Do you need to advertise an AFP service via Avahi for an Ubuntu Server to show up in OSX Finder?

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Published on 2012-11-22T00:18:46Z Indexed on 2012/11/22 5:02 UTC
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I am only advertising an NFS share plus the "model", and I don't want to install extra services on the Server unless I have to, ie netatalk, as it is used solely for NFS exports.

Currently there is no entry in Finder under "Shared" with below config of Avahi.

[email protected]:/etc/avahi/services$ cat nfs.service
<?xml version="1.0" standalone='no'?><!--*-nxml-*-->
<!DOCTYPE service-group SYSTEM "avahi-service.dtd">
<name replace-wildcards="yes">%h</name>

Server: Ubuntu 12.04.01 x64 Clients: OSX 10.6.8 , 10.7.5, 10.8.2

The goal is to advertise that NFS share, then assign a really old Model code of Mac like a Powermac and switch out the icon for a more "LinuxServer-y" one. Plus allow users to connect to NFS in a manner they are familiar with like our other Xserve servers.

I think Avahi is working in general as if I do: nfs://FILESERVER.local/Volumes/StoragePool it will connect fine.

Any ideas?

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