I would like to restart the AFP service but I'm not sure how to do it anymore. In previous versions of OS X I would run serveradmin stop afp and serveradmin start afp, but serveradmin is no longer available in High Sierra.

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    It’s a good time to look at smb sharing now that you’re on 10.13 and AFP began deprecation on 10.9 in 2013 - apple.com/media/us/osx/2013/docs/… (also see this post
    – bmike
    Nov 22, 2017 at 10:54
  • Right-o, I should take the hint hey haha. Thanks!
    – Matt
    Nov 22, 2017 at 12:11
  • We still use AFP in production, served from both windows and macOS. But, I’m actually shocked we still are on the old “for reasons” despite the long notice to start cutover.
    – bmike
    Nov 22, 2017 at 12:14
  • I'm setting up a Linux machine as a Time Machine backup server and Samba doesn't support that (yet) so I was going to use AFP for now. Looks like it's coming in the next Samba (4.8) release though.
    – Matt
    Nov 22, 2017 at 12:16

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serveradmin is still available in macOS High Sierra. Server.app has to be installed though and launched at least once to start its set-up.

host:~ $user: which serveradmin

host:~ $user: sudo serveradmin fullstatus afp
afp:state = "STOPPED"
afp:readWriteSettingsVersion = 1
afp:logging = "NO"
afp:servicePortsRestrictionInfo = _empty_array
afp:startedTime = ""
afp:guestAccess = "NO"
afp:logPaths:errorLog = "/Library/Logs/AppleFileService/AppleFileServiceError.log"
afp:logPaths:accessLog = "/Library/Logs/AppleFileService/AppleFileServiceAccess.log"
afp:failoverState = "NIFailoverNotConfigured"
afp:servicePortsAreRestricted = "NO"
afp:setStateVersion = 2
afp:currentConnections = 0

AFP won't work with shared APFS volumes!

  • I see, I was hoping not to have to install Server.app. No matter, I might investigate samba for my purpose. Thanks!
    – Matt
    Nov 22, 2017 at 11:57

System Preferences -> Sharing would allow you to turn off all file sharing, then turn it on again.

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