[tahoe-dev] Setting up an iPhone client (draft)

Peter Secor secorp at allmydata.com
Thu Jan 28 19:45:45 UTC 2010

Ok, sorry for exposing you to my reverse engineering project, I can't 
get it to connect even with the revised steps. I will go get the code 
now for review and also stick it up on trac, hopefully by the end of today.

On a happier not, it works fine on the production grid :)


On 1/28/10 11:27 AM, Peter Secor wrote:
> Hi all,
>     I'm trying to test out an iPhone client against another grid, and
> made a mistake in my untested procedure that was previously posted (left
> quoted below for comparison).
>     In the Settings of the iPhone, you need the path to the tahoe node
> that is providing the api interface to your grid. Then, the client makes
> the assumption that the script to do authentication is on the same host
> but just called "native_client.php". More to come when I get it all working.
> Ps
> On 1/28/10 10:28 AM, Peter Secor wrote:
>> Allmydata.com offers an iPhone client for free at the app store, but
>> currently it is pointed only at the production grid. Note that it is not
>> a Tahoe-LAFS node, but instead is just a client which uses a webish
>> interface. It can be configured to point at other grids, but you will
>> have to set up a web authentication front-end. We're about to post some
>> instructions on how we do that - basically ours a small php script that
>> checks authentication user/pass, and then delivers a payload of the
>> root_cap to anchor the directory tree. It was put together rather
>> quickly, so assumptions are made about the name of the webapi node and
>> probably other constraints. However, I use it frequently to play music,
>> view pictures, or view files that contain information that is handy to
>> have on the go.
>> I haven't tested this procedure yet, but I believe if you do the
>> following you can set up an iPhone client to point at any grid.
>>     * download the iPhone client from the app store
>>     * in the Settings, configure the client to point at your
>> authentication script (Allmydata.com is
>> https://allmydata.com/native_client.php)
>>     * set up a web server to serve up a script that will return a root_cap
>> to a POST request of arguments email, passwd, and action=authenticate
>>     * set up a tahoe node to respond at the same location under a /tahoe
>> path (Allmydata.com is https://allmydata.com/tahoe)
>> I'll try to test this and then document it on the wiki, or if anybody
>> else gets to it first that would be grand.
>> Peter
>> On 1/28/10 10:03 AM, Jack Lloyd wrote:
>>> On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 10:24:38AM -0700, Zooko Wilcox-O'Hearn wrote:
>>>> frontends for Windows, Macintosh, JavaScript, and iPhone, and
>>>> plugins for Hadoop, bzr, duplicity, TiddlyWiki, and more. See
>>>> the Related Projects page on the wiki [3].
>>> The RelatedProjects page doesn't mention the iPhone interface, unless
>>> it is "Rob Kinninmont's Macintosh GUI"; the description of which makes
>>> it sound like it is a front end for MacOS X.
>>> Trac #669 has a mention of tahoe-iphone-client, but the link given
>>> (http://allmydata.org/trac/tahoe-iphone-client/browser) is empty.
>>> If Tahoe does actually run on the iPhone this is very exciting to me
>>> because looking at Apple's recent iPad announcement, one thing that
>>> struck me as very sad was that it might be difficult or impossible to
>>> get Tahoe running on it; given that the pad offers only limited
>>> storage space and with no expandable storage, being able to use Tahoe
>>> as a access-anywhere remote storage would be quite sexy. If Tahoe
>>> already runs on the iPhone it (supposedly) would also run as-is on the
>>> iPad...
>>> -Jack
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