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Old 09-29-2005, 11:21 AM   #1
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Unhappy Unable to Login

Last night my UPS unit cut out, losing power to both of my computers instantly, but it was late and I didn't feel like turning them back on.

Early today I turn both on, the Windows computer boots fine (I guess Windows is used to being shut down unexpectedly) but my Mac does not. The computer boots, goes into the blue background of the login screen, yet the login never shows. I boot into my other hard drive on the Mac and check the system.log. Here's the first lines from boot:

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Sep 29 12:00:55 localhost kernel[0]: standard timeslicing quantum is 10000 us
Sep 29 12:00:56 localhost kernel[0]: vm_page_bootstrap: 254476 free pages
Sep 29 12:00:55 localhost xinetd[66]: Unknown user: root [line=8]
Sep 29 12:00:56 localhost kernel[0]: mig_table_max_displ = 70
Sep 29 12:00:55 localhost xinetd[66]: Error parsing attribute user - DISABLING SERVICE [line=8]
Sep 29 12:00:56 localhost kernel[0]: 78 prelinked modules
Sep 29 12:00:56 localhost kernel[0]: Copyright (c) 1982, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993
Sep 29 12:00:55 localhost xinetd[66]: Unknown user: root [line=8]
Sep 29 12:00:56 localhost kernel[0]: The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
Sep 29 12:00:55 localhost xinetd[66]: Error parsing attribute user - DISABLING SERVICE [line=8]
Sep 29 12:00:56 localhost kernel[0]: using 2621 buffer headers and 2621 cluster IO buffer headers
Sep 29 12:00:55 localhost xinetd[66]: Unknown user: root [line=8]
What's with all of the unknown user: root?
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Old 09-29-2005, 11:32 AM   #2
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Did you have the 'root' user enabled? (You would know if you did since you would have had to have taken special steps to do this.)

Does your account do auto-login ? (login automatically without asking you for name & password) It would be a good idea to disable this while troubleshooting. See the following Apple doc that explains how to do this as well as other suggestions for troubleshooting:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106464

And since this issue arose after an uncontrolled shutdown, you might suspect filesystem damage. Try repairing the filesystem with 'fsck' in single-user mode (or via Disk Utility when booted from your other drive):
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106214

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Old 09-29-2005, 11:51 AM   #3
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Root has been enabled, I haven't reinstalled this system in a long time.

Auto-Login is disabled, I have to input my password at login. I tried fsck -yf, and I also booted on the other HD and repaired permissions and repaired the drive. Everything on the suspected drive appears to be fine.

When it boots up and the blue screen comes up, I can hear the hard drive cranking away for about 5 minutes, but it never does anything.

I looked deeper into the system.log and found a lot of errors regarding org.postfix.master, X being a number starting from 9 all the way to 1
Code:
X more failures without living at least 60 seconds will cause job removal
exited with exit code: 1
(eventually)
too many failures in succession
And immediately after is the startup of the login window
Code:
/System/Library/CoreServices/loginwindow.app/Contents/MacOS/loginwindow:  Login Window Application Started
And then:
Code:
netinfod local[62]: ni_crashed's udp binder connection to {my WAN address}[my LAN address]/local failed during opening (UDP) - socket_connect failed
netinfod local[62]: ni_crashed's tcp binder connection to {my WAN address}[my LAN address]/local failed during opening (TCP) - socket_connect failed
And then a TON of these:
Code:
netinfod local[62]: notify's tcp binder connection to {my WAN address}[my LAN address]/local failed during opening (TCP) - socket_connect failed
netinfod local[62]: notify's udp binder connection to {my WAN address}[my LAN address]/local failed during opening (UDP) - socket_connect failed
netinfod local[62]: update 0 to {my WAN address}[my LAN address]/local failed during binder contacting - couldn't getregister
I think it has something to do with that org.postfix.master, as it pretty much counts down until it refuses to startup.
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Old 09-29-2005, 12:05 PM   #4
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In case your NetInfo (users) database has been messed up, here is an Apple doc on restoring it:
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107210
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Old 09-29-2005, 12:33 PM   #5
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I followed the steps on that page, but when niloading the backup Netinfo DB, it appears to hang (it shouldn't take 10 minutes to restore this db). What in the world is wrong with this thing?
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Old 09-29-2005, 01:48 PM   #6
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10.1

Rather than restoring the old DB which apparently was corrupt as well, I simply cleared out the DB, and followed steps up to where OS X made me do setup all over again, but all of my files were there and I just restored my user password, computer name and root password exactly how they were, and now everything is honky-dory.

This of course wouldn't be the case if my NetInfo were highly customized, it was more or less pretty much default. I found additional help from this link:

http://diveintoosx.org/faq/

and thanks to Hayne for spotting the Apple KnowledgeBase Link
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