File Sharing With Mac OS X

File Sharing with Tiger and Leopard

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File sharing with Mac OS X is a wonderfully straightforward operation. A few mouse clicks in the Sharing preferences pane and you’re ready to go. One thing to note about file sharing: Apple changed the way file sharing works in OS X 10.5.x (Leopard), so that it work slightly differently than it did in OS X 10.4.x (Tiger).

Tiger uses a simplified sharing system that gives guest access to your account’s Public folder. When logged in with your user account, you have access to all of your data from the Home folder and below.

Leopard lets you specify which folders are to be shared and what access rights they have.

Sharing your files with other Mac computers using OS X 10.5.x is a relatively straightforward process. It involves enabling file sharing, selecting the folders you want to share, and selecting the users who will have access to the shared folders. With these three concepts in mind, let's set up file sharing.

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