There are many handy utilities distributed with netatalk such as a command
line version of the popular BinHex / Stuffit conversion programs and an
AppleTalk Echo program similar to the ping program for TCP/IP.
aecho - Appletalk Echo - similar to ping
getzones - Returns the current zonelist
megatron - converts files to and from .hqx and .sit
nbplkup - Appletalk name lookup - similar to nslookup
nbprgstr - Registers an item in the Appletalk name space.
nbpunrgstr - Unregisters an item in the Appletalk name space.
pap - Printer Access Protocol - lets you print to an AppleTalk printer.
papstatus - Shows you the current status of an Appletalk printer.
psorder - Changes the page order of a Post Script print job.
nu - A small perl script I wrote to tell you who is on your netatalk server.
Appletalk, like TCP/IP, is a network protocol, or language. Both TCP/IP and
Appletalk can hapily coexist on the same Ethernet wire without disrupting one
another. As with any network however, there are going to be problems that you
will have to diagnose and it is important to keep the distinctions between
Appletalk and TCP/IP clear in your mind. The new version of AppleshareIP makes
the matter even more interesting by encapsulating Appletalk packets inside
TCP/IP. If you are having trouble with a server, make sure you understand what
protocol to troubleshoot.
All of the utilities above deal with the Appletalk protocol (or classic Appletalk)
directly. If you are having problems with an AppletalkIP server, you should try
Ping the server directly from the client Macintosh. (try
MacPing) If this
test succeeds, you know the Mac has a valid TCP/IP stack and is communicating
with the remote server. If not, you problem lies with TCP/IP somewhere.
Telnet to the "AFP over TCP" port (548) and see if it waits for
a command or closes the connection. It's a little hard to do this on a Mac so
try from either the Netatalk machine, or better yet, another Unix box on the
same ethernet. Type:
and see if it lets you type somthing. If it just closes without letting you type
somthing, then the server is not accepting connections on the Linux side of the
fence. More often than not this indicates that your server process is
simply not running.
telnet yourmachine 548
Origional document: [http://thehamptons.com/anders/netatalk/utils.html]