Mac OS X bootpd configuration

David Cantrell david at
Wed Sep 28 23:52:02 BST 2011

I have a Mac Mini, running OS X 10.6.something.  I'm using it as,
amongst other things, a wireless base station.

Apple's bootpd keeps its config in a hateful XML file in
/etc/bootpd.plist, and I need to change one value in it - it seems that
I need to change reply_threshold_seconds from 4 to 0 so that my shiny
new Kindle can connect.

But can I edit that file?  Hell no.

Well, I can edit it, but then when I restart "internet sharing" it
handily rewrites the damned thing, and I can't see anything anywhere in
System Preferences to stop it from being so damned stupid.


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