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Bypassing a stuck Setup Assistant Install
After installing MacOS X Server, I had one of the most frustrating times ever. The Assistant would lock before the last part of the config process, and quitting or killing the application would do nothing, except relaunch the whole thing again.

The only way I could find to get through this cycle was to generate the file the system uses to make sure the "First Time Assistant" is needed.

If you have the same kind of problem, just type the following from a remote connection or in single user mode (commmand S at start up):
touch /var/db/.AppleSetupDone
And you know what the best part is? YOU ARE DONE!
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if setup (with assistant) is not done how can you connect via remote?
Authored by: beastie on May 17, '02 08:15:45PM

imho Setup Assistant is the thing that configures server's TCP/IP initially... so if the assitant is not done, the TCP is not configured -> you cannot SHH, telnet into the box..??

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Authored by: zink on May 18, '02 04:54:08AM

Good point!
Anyhow, remote or not, this trick would have saved my day if it would have been posted two days earlier... guess I won't forget it now ;-)

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if setup (with assistant) is not done how can you connect via remote?
Authored by: Krugazor on May 18, '02 10:22:53AM

Actually, if you look in the Apple Menu while going through the Assistant, you will see the Preferences... Then, if you know what you are doing, it is not that difficult to set the prefs right, telnet (or ssh) in, mark the Assistant as done, and then kill the Assistant or reboot from the terminal (to prevent the Assistant from removing the file).

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possible way around the setup?
Authored by: holo on May 19, '02 10:48:30AM

has anyone tried to delete the file that this process creates? will it rerun the setup assistant next time around at startup? I work on mac's and am looking for a way to test hardware in osx, but there's no way around the setup assistant..

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possible way around the setup?
Authored by: G42Go on Jul 17, '02 06:25:53PM

I know people that need to go through the setup assistant because of information they have entered in error.
If all you want is to run the Setup assistant again boot to single user mode(command+"S")
cd /var/db
rm -r .AppleSetupDone
cd netinfo
mv -f local.nidb local.nidb.old
This will run the setup assistant but not overwrite the existing User's Home Dir. files nor delete the User.

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