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Fixing a login window failure on Server OS X Server
My OS X Server 10.2.3 system went through a power outage a few days ago. I rebooted it this morning and it dumped me into the console login just before showing the normal login screen. A look at system.log shows the following: loginwindow[376]: AuthorizationRef doesn't have a userID loginwindow[376]: exiting to console WindowServer[185]: loginwindow connection closed; closing server. I tried a couple of things (fsck, diskutil repairPermissions) before looking at the system log. After that I tried deleting these two files:
/Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist
~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist
This fixed the problem -- a good thing, since I'm not sure what I would have done next!
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Fixing a login window failure on Server
Authored by: David on Feb 19, '03 08:04:07PM

I ran into the same problem on a 10.2.2 client computer. The solution was first to make a new user and then to log-in using SSH and slowly delete preference files one-by-one. When I deleted the /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow.plist file, the computer worked just fine.

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