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Fri 14 Jul 2006

Bonjour Mystery Update

Category : Technology

I ended my last post with "I'm starting to hate this thing called Bonjour". Actually, I don't - hate Bonjour, that is.

I've watched Stuart Cheshire's demo of Bonjour on Google Video a couple of months ago, and I've been looking forward to seeing if I can extend DNS Enabler to aid wide-area browsing/discovery of Bonjour services.

I'm planning to update DNS Enabler, WebMon and MailServe, all in the latter part of the year, as soon as I can get a Luca Accounting version released that works with MySQL rather than just SQLite. I'm getting quite close to it.

For more on Bonjour, see this, this, and this. So, I do think Bonjour's good and I'm just being ironical when I say I'm starting to hate it. But what I do hate is that Workaround Error and the hanging that accompanies it.

Stuart Cheshire tells me that the error has nothing to do with Bonjour, which is reasonable considering that you get the error even when you disable Bonjour. "The person who wrote the code that logs that message thought the problem it's reporting might be something related to Bonjour, but it's not." So, Bonjour gets a bad rep and I'm sorry I added to it.

But we're not anywhere nearer finding an answer to the mystery. I hope Apple hurries up and solves it. I'm seeing a lot of people hitting these pages from Google, searching for Bonjour+Workaround, and not just from MacFixIt (who's just linked to it). So, from just a trickle a week ago, there are now a lot of people wondering how this came to insinuate itself into our systems since 10.4.7.

It's an Apple bug and I've given up thinking there's anything I can do about it. Since DNS Enabler, MailServe and Postfix Enabler continue to work, though a bit hobbled on 10.4.7 and only on 10.4.7, I'm going back to working on Luca.

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