afpd — Apple Filing Protocol daemon


afpd [-d] [-F configfile]

afpd -v | -V | -h


afpd provides an Apple Filing Protocol (AFP) interface to the Unix file system. It is normally started at boot time by netatalk(8).

afp.conf is the configuration file used by afpd to determine the behavior and configuration of a file server.



Specifies that the daemon should not fork.


Print version information and exit.


Print verbose information and exit.


Print help and exit.

-F configfile

Specifies the configuration file to use.


To shut down a user's afpd process it is recommended that SIGKILL (-9) NOT be used, except as a last resort, as this may leave the CNID database in an inconsistent state. The safe way to terminate an afpd is to send it a SIGTERM (-15) signal and wait for it to die on its own.

SIGTERM and SIGUSR1 signals that are sent to the main afpd process are propagated to the children, so all will be affected.


Clean exit. Propagates from master to childs.


Send this to the master afpd, it will exit leaving all children running! Can be used to implement AFP service without downtime.


Sending a SIGHUP to afpd will cause it to reload its configuration files.


Sending a SIGINT to a child afpd enables max_debug logging for this process. The log is sent to the file /tmp/afpd.PID.XXXXXX. Sending another SIGINT will revert to the original log settings.


The afpd process will send the message "The server is going down for maintenance." to the client and shut itself down in 5 minutes. New connections are not allowed. If this is sent to a child afpd, the other children are not affected. However, the main process will still exit, disabling all new connections.


The afpd process will look in the message directory configured at build time for a file named For each one found, a the contents will be sent as a message to the associated AFP client. The file is removed after the message is sent. This should only be sent to a child afpd.



configuration file used by afpd


list of server signature


list of UUID for Time Machine volume


file name extension mapping

contains messages to be sent to users.

See Also

netatalk(8), hosts_access(5), afp.conf(5), afp_signature.conf(5), afp_voluuid.conf(5), extmap.conf(5), dbd(1).