The original post made absolutely no reference to iDisk or any comments on its usefulness. I suggest you re-read it.
Funny how I am managing to use file sharing between Macs on all versions of OS X from 10.4 to 10.8 with zero problems. I have not experienced any issues between 10.7 and 10.6, either at home or work. Nor do I know of anyone who is.
Even if you are unable to get it working in your particular environment using the numerous Apple Support links we have provided you, both myself and Roger have offered you a number of tried and tested third-party alternatives, which you continue to ignore.
Go 'tell tales to mummy' if you want. The forum hosts can easily see who has been offering support links / alternative methods to disprove your ridiculous "almost impossible to share files on OS X" claim. And they can see it was you who started with the nastiness - accusing others of not knowing what they are talking about, when clearly they do and are attempting to help you.
Nathan Jones2 wrote:
3 linked kb's and it still doesn't say how to connect to this machine.
If the numbered instructions on that page don't help, have a look at this page:
Note the caveat about the firewall.
If you are still having difficulty, this page:
suggests turning off AFP and using SMB: however another page:
suggests that this is not necessary, and that the problem is caused by the Home Folder being shared automatically, and that you should turn that off. He points out that it isn't good security to share your Home Folder with others and that files for sharing should go in a specifically shared folder.
Thanks for that. We have this set on the Lion machine, but how does one actually access a shared folder on this machine?
The kb shows a 'Shared Folders' view, but does not show how to access that. On other Macs, the network/shared computer shows in the sidebar or in Network. Lion does not seem to do this, so I don't know where to look for the shared folders - or even other devices on the network to access those folders.
I don't have access to a Lion machine at the moment to check (Julian presumably does but you have asked him not to post...). Try this - Finder menu Go>Connect to server. Enter the afp://address of the machine you want to connect to as shown in its Sharing preference pane. If the folder you want is within a user and is not a Public folder, then use the 'Connect as' button to allow you to log in.
Once mounted, it's worth making an alias of the folder in question, then you can use that for quick access in future.
I have used the menu item you suggest, and have typed afp://xxx.xxx.xxx.x alternately on both, and also used the machine names (as the other 10.6 and below based machines can use). I cannot get the Lion machine to connect to the Snow Leopard machine at all.
The kb does not actually detail this, or how to connect with (to or from) a Lion OS machine - only how to switch file sharing on. As mentioned, the article in question suggests Floppy drives and Zip drives (so is hopelessly out of date) - despite having been updated in July 2012.
I can find nothing in the user manual either as to how to do this final bit - file sharing is ON for both machines. They are on the same network and show as such - they don't show in Network (although when they were both on Snow Leopard, they did).
Maybe I should make a new post - specifically how to share a file on Lion?
I can't promise that this page will help as it was written for Snow Leopard, but I would have thought that Lion would have been basically the same:
Have a walk through that and see whether it helps. If it doesn't, then the obvious place to ask would be the Lion forum.
Thanks Roger, this is the way I've always connected on a local network. It simply doesn't work with Lion machines. Apple themselves have told me that you CANNOT connect a Lion machine to a 10.6 one - which I am certain is nonsense, but I cannot actually find any information to corroborate or contradict this - which is worrying.
I have a specific file sharing question in the Lion forum, but there's no response to it.
It is frustrating as I am an Apple trained support technician, and connecting two computers, Mac or not should generally be fairly straightforward. I'll close this thread and try specifically in the Lion forum as it does seem to be a Lion issue…
Thanks for your help so far.