My MacBook has no optical drive. I have a Mac installation disc mounted and shared on a local Ubuntu machine and can access it, on the MacBook through the Remote Disc device in Finder.

However, the installation package and all sub-packages, have been stripped of the dot in their file names. Hence it is not recognised as an package.

Why is this and how can I install the software?


(To share the disc I used openssh-server on Ubuntu and Macfusion on the Mac.)

1 Answer 1


How about:

  1. On the Ubuntu machine, make a ZIP file of the installation package.
  2. Copy this file across to the Mac, using your existing sharing setup.
  3. Expand it on the Mac and run it.

Edit The actual solution can be found in the comments below: use sudo mkdir /media/test; sudo mount -t hfsplus /dev/cdrom /media/test to mount the CD on the Ubuntu machine.

  • Thanks for the suggestion but when I tried this I noticed that the dots were missing on the Ubuntu side too! Could it be that this is some sort of anti-copying technique that prevents the disc from being used for anything other than a regular install? May 17, 2013 at 18:09
  • I doubt it's an anti-copying technique... more likely Ubuntu isn't reading it correctly. I found a suggestion here to mount the CDROM on Ubuntu using (eg) sudo mkdir /media/test; sudo mount -t hfsplus /dev/cdrom /media/test -- is that any help?
    – Ashley
    May 17, 2013 at 19:24
  • Yes, manually mounting and specifying the filesystem type as per your comment, worked for me. Many thanks. May 20, 2013 at 15:14

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