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dear all,

I've been messing with my macbook (the black one), and now it won't start OS X anymore :-(

 

these are the relevant things that happened (I think), and some of the error messages

I'm getting:

 

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- earlier: changed the ethernet MAC address using ifconfig

 

- put in USB key (2 FAT partitions)

- moved a directory (about 100MB) from the 2nd partition to the trash

- emptied the trash

- when this took forever: - killed the Finder, expecting it to restart (guess I shouldn't have done that..)

- when it didn't: rebooted the machine (shutdown -h now, turned it back on)

 

- then it was stuck on the Apple logo and spinning wheel, booting in single

user mode gave, repeating forever:

 

memberd[95]: dsFindDirNodes returned -14071, count = 0;

memberd[95]: dsFindDirNodes returned -14071, count = -1610603584

memberd[95]: Coulnd't find root user. Sleeping and trying again.

 

- fsck reports that the disk is fine, and I can normally mount it and access files

 

Other errors in the system log:

 

launchd: com.apple.nibindd: exited abnormally: Trace/BPT trap

launchd: com.apple.nibindd: respawning too quickly! throttling

launchd: com.apple.nibindd: 1 more failure without living at least 60 seconds will cause job removal

launchd: com.apple.nibindd: will restart in 10 seconds

 

...

 

kextd[62]: kextd_watch_volumes: couldn't set up diskarb sessions

kextd[62]: giving up on diskarb; auto-rebuild disabled

 

...

 

mDNSResponder: mDNSPlatformSendUDP sendto failed to send packet on InterfaceID 01809200 lo0/4 to 224.0.0.251:5353 skt 9 error -1 errorno065 (No route to host) 2880049724

 

...

 

SystemStarter[100]: application services (123) did not complete successfully

SystemStarter[100]: IFC (124) did not complete successfully

 

...

 

SystlmStarter[100]: The following StartupItems failed to properly start:

SystemStarter[100]: /System/Library/StartupItems/FibreChannel

SystemStarter[100]: - execution of Startup script failed

SystemStarter[100]: /System/Library/StartupItems/AppServices

SystemStarter[100]: - execution of Startup script failed

SystemStarter[100]: /System/Library/StartupItems/IFCStart

SystemStarter[100]: - execution of Startup script failed

SystemStarter[100]: The following StartupItems were not attempted due to failure of a required service:

SystemStarter[100]: /System/Library/StartupItems/Metadata

 

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If anyone has a clue, please help!

 

many thanks,

 

Patrick

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I managed to fix the problem: it was related to compiling openssl (0.9.8e) from source, which

I needed for the Perl module Crypt::SSLeay.

 

At some point I moved libcrypto*.dylib and libssl*.dylib from /usr/lib to a temporary directory,

to make sure the linker would use the static libraries from openssl, but I forgot to move them back..

 

So as a result, lots of programs depending on these libraries failed.

 

I hope this info is useful for someone in the future...

 

Patrick

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