Here was a new one for me. A Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard Server file server had been unresponsive to Apple Remote Desktop and wouldn’t display video for about a week. I could still SSH in and the AFP services it hosted were functioning normally, so I left it for a “later” project. Well, this morning I was notified that some of the AFP shares were no longer listed due to a power outage affecting the RAIDs connected to it.
No worries, restarting the AFP service or rebooting should resolve that. Only it didn’t. There was high usage by
syslogd and I found tons of the following messages in
Record of type dsRecTypeStandard:Config named ‘ServicesInformation’ already exists in /Local/Default. Trying with new name: ServicesInformation1
Others have run into this before, and it seems to be a corruption of
/var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/config/ServicesInformation.plist. In my case, there was some file system corruption, so I did the following:
- Booted from another drive w/Disk Utility and SuperDuper!
- Verified the disk using Disk Utility (which failed.)
- Backed up the drive with SuperDuper! (Just in case.)
- Repaired the volume with Disk Utility (successfully.)
- Booted into Single User Mode.
- Backed up
/var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/config/ServicesInformation.plistand removed all the extra
- Rebooted from the original boot drive.
What I found while fixing this:
ServicesInformation.plistwas corrupted and contained text regarding a disk full error, so that’s likely the cause of the corruption.
- I was able to just delete
ServicesInformation.plistand let it regenerate without detrimental effects, but be dubious.