Since adding Bonjour support to our app a number of customers have
asked for a way to turn it off (e.g. because they have lots of
machines on a bridged network and don't like seeing all those
names). Having every Bonjour-supporting app add a preference to
turn Bonjour off seems inefficient -- what these people really want
is a way to turn Bonjour off on a system-wide or network-wide basis.
The current recommendation is that each application add a checkbox to
enable/disable Bonjour for their application as needed. Of course,
we would prefer that applications not do this in the spirit of zero-
configuration, but each application has different needs. I realize
how this could be a problem in Fetch since you add the Bonjour
discovered services to the Shortcuts menu, so you may want to think
about splitting these into two separate menus, and that way people
may not feel the need to disable Bonjour because it's cluttering up
I know that I would be upset if an application disabled Bonjour for
the entire system, and then I was no longer able to print to my
Bonjour shared printer or use iTunes Music Sharing.
Is there some official Apple webpage that would tell them how to
disable Bonjour on their systems or networks?
I don't believe there's an "official" way to disable Bonjour,
however, starting in Tiger, typing the following as root in the
Terminal will disable the mDNSResponder process, but I would avoid
telling this to customers since it could cause unforeseen problems.
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