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Troubleshooting Portable Home Directories

posted Dec 19, 2008, 3:52 PM by Philip Rinehart   [ updated Dec 19, 2008, 3:52 PM by Greg Neagle ]
Written by Philip Rinehart   
Monday, 16 April 2007
A while ago, an article about how to troubleshoot Workgroup Management (MCX) with a MCXDebug setting.  Here's how to do the same thing with Portable Home Directories.

FIrst, as with MCX, Mirror Agent has a setting using the defaults command.  Here's how to enable it:

defaults write com.apple.MirrorAgent debugOutput 4

Although the value above is shown as 4, it can be set at any level between 0 and 4.  This command writes debugging information to the MirrorAgent.log, found in ~/Library/Logs.

A second quick thing that can be done is a force reset of the synchronization database.  It's very simple, simply hold down option-click when logging in.  The entire database will be reset. 

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