I configured a Centos 8 server on the network with Samba installed and working great. Because it's used by Mac clients, I added the following to the smb.conf:

min protocol = SMB2
vfs objects = catia fruit streams_xattr
fruit:aapl = yes
fruit:metadata = stream
fruit:model = Macintosh
fruit:posix_rename = yes 
fruit:veto_appledouble = no
fruit:wipe_intentionally_left_blank_rfork = yes 
fruit:delete_empty_adfiles = yes

Despite the fruit:model = Macintosh macOS machines see the ugly icon with a beige/blue CRT monitor, the same icon we see when we browse a Windows PC.

I have a Raspberry PI on the same network with the exact same Samba configuration but the server shows as a beautiful iMac icon in the Finder / Network. I tried various settings for "fruit:model" and none will show anything other than the ugly Windows blue-screen-of-death icon.

Is there something that can be done about this?

  • Have you tried MacSamba like suggested here: wiki.samba.org/index.php/… ?
    – digijay
    May 2, 2020 at 22:42
  • @digijay Yes, no difference. On raspberry pi, when I set the fruit:model to MacSamba, we see a question mark icon. On Centos8 server, it's the same old ugly PC icon. Anything else I could try? May 3, 2020 at 16:20

1 Answer 1


I figured it out:

dnf -y install avahi
systemctl enable --now avahi-daemon.service
systemctl start avahi-daemon

also restart Samba:

systemctl restart smb
systemctl restart nmb

and you're good to go - a beautiful icon will appear instead of the ugly CRT/BDOS icon.

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