Mac OS 10.5 Leopard and NetInfo Manager

Apple has axed NetInfo Manager out of Mac OS 10.5 Leopard. This sucks because I use NetInfo to work with the HOST files. Andy Jarrett reports on a solution at his blog.

Here’s how to fix it, verbatim, from his site:

  1. From finder goto /etc/
  2. Find a file called hosts right-click (or command-i) to Get Info and make sure you have “Permission” to Read & Write to the file
  3. Next we need to edit out Apache httpd.conf file found at /etc/apache2/ and add the following line under where it says “Listen 80”
    NameVirtualHost 127.0.0.1

    n.b. You might want to check if it exists first

  4. Then simply add your HOST information in the format of {IP Address}{tab}{host name}

5 thoughts on “Mac OS 10.5 Leopard and NetInfo Manager”

  1. How do we now tell OS X that its idea of the network universe is completely fxxxxd and it needs to reinitialize itself? On most versions of *n*x you do something similar to:

    /etc/init.d/network stop
    /etc/init.d/network start

    I had occasion to want to do this on my 10.4 system when I’d set up in an office I was visiting, and the machine was still, apparently, trying to find my home WiFi router. The XP box I’d also brought with me had figured it out. Someone told me that Netinfo was the way everything had to be done now, so I poked around and discovered how to do it. It’s kind of silly what you have to do, and irrelevant post-Tiger, so I’ll spare you.

    Question remains, how now do we replace the old reliable Unix-isms that we formerly replaced with some kind of Netinfo-ism?

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