launchd winbindd spam in Mac OS Console

January 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

I’m posting this here because I recently noticed this in my console:

1/9/11 12:53:36 PM    com.apple.launchd[1]    (org.samba.winbindd) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
1/9/11 12:53:46 PM    com.apple.launchd[1]    (org.samba.winbindd[16381]) Exited with exit code: 1
1/9/11 12:53:46 PM    com.apple.launchd[1]    (org.samba.winbindd) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
1/9/11 12:53:56 PM    com.apple.launchd[1]    (org.samba.winbindd[16382]) Exited with exit code: 1
1/9/11 12:53:56 PM    com.apple.launchd[1]    (org.samba.winbindd) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
1/9/11 12:54:06 PM    com.apple.launchd[1]    (org.samba.winbindd[16383]) Exited with exit code: 1
1/9/11 12:54:06 PM    com.apple.launchd[1]    (org.samba.winbindd) Throttling respawn: Will start in 10 seconds
1/9/11 12:54:16 PM    com.apple.launchd[1]    (org.samba.winbindd[16385]) Exited with exit code: 1

And it just keeps going.  So, I did a search for this on Google and ran across a few posts showing how to disable winbindd, but nothing stating what the cause of it was…

Well, a quick run of “man winbindd” showed that is has to do with resolving names on NT networks and managing the connection to domain controllers.

Aha!  I remembered previously playing with the idea of running a domain on my home network with a copy of Windows 2008 that I got for free from some student program Microsoft was running.  To test things out, I loaded it in a VM.  Ultimately, I couldn’t get roaming profiles to work, so I abandoned the idea.  But, I didn’t remember if I cleared my domain out on my Mac or not.  So, off to Accounts, Login Options, and there at the bottom of the screen I saw a “Network Account Server” was configured (with a red dot next to it, indicating no contact).  So, I removed it, and the winbindd spam stopped in my console.

Anyhow, since I had trouble finding a good answer on Google and the threads I found on Apple’s support forum were closed, I thought I’d post my resolution here in hopes of helping someone else.  Your welcome.  🙂

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