Leopard: My Biggest Wish: Page 2

Posted January 3, 2007

John Welch

John Welch

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There is however a second issue that affects all of the above options but number 3, and requires you to not only have your machine bound to a directory service, but have automounts defined: The "automount losing its mind bug." This happens most often when you take option 2. You kill all your network connections, reboot, log in, then re-enable your network connections. You then take some action that tickles automount, and your machine grinds to a halt. After you eventually reboot successfully, you may see this in system.log:

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Dec 29 15:48:02 kernel[0]: nfs server automount -nsl [254]: not responding Dec 29 15:48:02 KernelEventAgent[72]: tid 00000000 received VQ_NOTRESP event (1) Dec 29 15:48:02 KernelEventAgent[72]: tid 00000000 type 'nfs', mounted on '/Network', from 'automount -nsl [254]', not responding

If you see this message, then you're hitting the automount bug, too. The only thing you can do, if you're fast enough before your machine completely locks up, is to kill all your network connections. That beats automount until it realizes there's nothing TO automount, and it stops driving your machine into the ground. Here’s an Apple KBase article that sometimes can help: Mac OS X: Resolving login issues with Active Directory plug-in.

However, that's not a consistent fix. The truth is, using Directory Services in Mac OS X on a mobile machine is really not a great idea without some form of manual intervention on the user’s part. To be more blunt: If you have a laptop in a highly mobile situation, Mac OS X's Directory Services is broken.

That is the one thing I want fixed, as a laptop user and a Directory Services user, in Leopard: I want Directory Services to no longer be a pain point. If they fix that, the rest will be gravy.

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