OpenAFS and Mac OS X Yosemite

OpenAFS and Mac OS X Yosemite


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Long story short: Kerberos on the Mac, starting with Yosemite, does not support anymore weak ciphers (such as DES).

AFS, on the other hand, works with DES.. therefore.. no go. The best thing to do would be to try to migrate OpenAFS to support different ciphers but this requires maintenance on the AFS server, risking damage and data loss.

Therefore this (quite ugly, but still..) solution seems to overcome the limitation of the Kerberos installation provided by default with Mac OS X.

Step 1: System cleanup

If you have installed OpenAFS or already configured kerberos on your machine, uninstall everything and delete /Library/Preferences/

Please reboot.

Step 2: Install heimdal kerberos

Download and install this:

This is the heimdal kerberos, the vanilla version. Therefore, this supports the aforementioned weak DES cipher.

Step 3: Install OpenAFS for Yosemite

As may already know, there is no official OpenAFS version for Yosemite. I compiled and uploaded one for you. You can download it here:

Download, open and install it.

Step 4: Configure ‘em all

First of all, let’s configure Kerberos. You should already have the configuration for Kerberos. Make sure you have it in the correct path that, on Yosemite, is /etc/krb5.conf. Then make sure you add the allow_weak_crypto = true line to the libdefaults section.

allow_weak_crypto = true

Then configure OpenAFS.

  • Configure AFS by editing the ThisCell and CellServDB files accordingly. Don’t reboot now.
  • OpenAFS requires a kernel extensions to work properly. Unfortunately (yes, again), unsigned kernel extensions cannot be loaded on boot in Yosemite. However, this problem can be solved by using modifying the boot parameter of the kernel:
    $> sudo cp -r /private/var/db/openafs/etc/afs.kext /Library/Extensions
    $> sudo nvram boot-args="kext-dev-mode=1"
  • Now, reboot the mac
  • When everything is restored, make sure you apply the necessary settings and add AFS icon to the menu bar for quicker access:
    • Go to System Preferences > OpenAFS.
    • AFS Menu: checked
    • Backgrounder: checked
    • Use aklog: checked

Step 5: How to connect

Each time you want to use AFS, you must do the following:

  • open
  • issue
    $> /usr/heimdal/bin/kinit <kerberos username here>
    $> aklog

Everything should be working.

If you read this guide and something didn’t work, make sure you followed each step in the precise order they are written. If something is still not working properly, just drop a line in the comments and we will try to sort it out.

December 26, 2014 6 comments
Convert swiss national grid coordinates (CH1903) to WGS1984

Convert swiss national grid coordinates (CH1903) to WGS1984


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The World Geodetic System (or WGS) is a worldwide standard for the cartography. The well-known concepts (such as latitude and longitude, for example) are part of this standard.

Yet, in Switzerland, there is a different national standard that is called CH1903 (or Landesvermessung 1903, LV03).

Implementations, in the most widespread programming languages, to convert coordinates from the Swiss standard to WGS1984 are provided by swisstopo. However, the Python one is missing. You can grab it here.

Click here to get the code!

October 13, 2014 0 comments Read More
[HOW-TO] Homebrew: remove a formula and all its dependencies

[HOW-TO] Homebrew: remove a formula and all its dependencies


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Since homebrew does not officially support an automated way to do that, I created a small zsh function to remove a formula and all its dependencies.

I use zsh on the Mac so the function works with it. Feel free to adjust it if you are using bash or something else.

brew-remove-with-deps() {

  if [ "x$formula" = "x" ]
     echo "Invalid empty parameter"
     echo "Removing" "$formula" "and all its deps.."
     brew rm $formula
     brew rm $(join <(brew leaves) <(brew deps "$formula"))

And, just for testing purposes:

elbryan@snowbox ~ % brew-remove-with-deps sloccount
Removing sloccount and all its deps..
Uninstalling /usr/local/Cellar/sloccount/2.26...
Uninstalling /usr/local/Cellar/md5sha1sum/0.9.5...

Et voilà.

[1] – Stackoverflow – Uninstall / remove a Homebrew package including all its dependencies

April 16, 2013 0 comments Read More
[HOW-TO] Activate next UITextField in UITableView (iOS)

[HOW-TO] Activate next UITextField in UITableView (iOS)


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Update: After that Matteo pointed out the fact that I had everything to be able to access to each UITableViewCell’s instances, I decided to update this blogpost accordingly.

One of the most convenient automations that a developer should build into his applications is the capability of moving to the next (text)fields in a form.

Unfortunately, this automation is not eased by Apple in its frameworks and, thus, require the developer to provide an extra-effort on his side to make this to happen.

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February 8, 2013 4 comments Read More
[HOW-TO] DLNA home server with Linux

[HOW-TO] DLNA home server with Linux


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A quick disclaimer: This guide contains references on how to install and configure miniDLNA in the Gentoo/Linux environment. Still, the majority of the suggestions and all the settings are meant to be distro-agnostic.

We just bought the Samsung UE46ES8000 LED TV and I wanted to share all the music and videos I have on my home server with the TV.
I spent a whole day to figure out what program should I’ve been using and I tried a couple of alternatives. I came up with the conclusion that MiniDLNA is probably the best solution for me.

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December 19, 2012 3 comments Read More