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10.3: iTunes issue caused by File Vault and low disk space Apps
I believe I've managed to trace a problem, with a usable "workaround" (till Apple issues a bug-fix update asap!). Here's what happened ... Panther successfully "clean" installed on a reformatted boot drive. Home folder previously "carbon-copy-cloned" and then restored after the Panther installation. Approximately 4gb of free space available on boot-partition after installation. However, iTunes is starting to act very flakey -- not saving preferences, starting to generate dialog boxes that settings "could not be saved to hard-drive," please free up space and try again, etc. Eventually I traced the cause (I think...) of the problem to the File Vault security feature of Panther.

Switched on, FileVault was progressively gobbling up all the free space on the partition, and then iTunes would start to choke, corrupting it's XML database files in its attempt to save the settings. Until I figured this out, it rapidly got to the point that relaunching iTunes, after rebooting the computer, would give a message "cannot launch iTunes, settings file is not an iTunes document." This totally trashed my music-playlists. Finally an error message saying I only had 350kb of freespace on my boot drive forced me to logout, and then File Vault issued an error message saying that it had to "recover" freespace on the drive before logout could continue.

Solution (for now, and it seems to be stable through several restarts) is to turn off File Vault, then restart (and this "rescavenges" and frees up the HD space wasted by whatever File Vault is doing "in the background"). File Vault was wasting nearly 4gb of space, whatever else it was doing. The pricetag for this fix is the necessity of rebuilding my entire playlist after trashing my corrupted (well, now totally unusable by iTunes) playlist .XML data files, and restarting iTunes. So, unless you have a BACKUP offline of your iTunes database files, do NOT switch on FileVault.

[robg adds: There have been enough reported problems with File Vault that I strongly recommend it not be used until Apple has addressed the issue in some manner. Personally, I don't think I'll ever trust having my essential files scrambled on my hard drive -- it just seems to be inviting disaster, either through my failure to remember a key password, or a minor system glitch rendering the whole thing non-decodable ... but that's just me, and I know this feature is potentially very valuable to those who travel often with laptops ... but until Apple has fixed it, I'd recommend turning it off.]
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10.3: iTunes issue caused by File Vault and low disk space
Authored by: mrandre on Nov 10, '03 11:58:18AM

I had the exact same thing happen. In fact, I first noticed the problem when some songs I purchased from the iTMS wouldn't play in iTunes, and then my library file self-destructed. Of course I didn't loose any data, but I've had to rebuild my library, especially redoing song ratings and custom EQ settings, which is annoying. So let me join the chorus of those reccomending you not use FileVault. It's bad news right now.



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10.3: iTunes issue caused by File Vault and low disk space
Authored by: danielacroft on Nov 10, '03 12:25:04PM

I also had this problem after a clean install and turning on file vault. I discovered that the start of the file is being truncated, not sure why but that's why it's not working, the truncated file is then not valid XML and doesn't have the namespace info or anything from the headers in it.

I was fortunate though, because my iPod has everything from my library in it, I was able to restore my playlists using one of the apps that are out there (pud2tunes and all that). My wife uses a lot of normal playlists so it was quite important. I mainly use smart playlists though.

Daniel



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10.3: iTunes issue caused by File Vault and low disk space
Authored by: Rev. Al on Nov 10, '03 02:36:57PM

I had the same problem with iTunes corrupting my Music Library file, resulting in a lengthy rebuild. There are quite a few "preferences" stored in the Library such as EQ settings and volume adjustment that were reset as a result. This happened to me twice. I turned off File Vault and ran DiskWarrior 3 (booted from the CD into Jaguar) and that seems to have stabilized the disk somehow.

I have also had problems with my Safari prefs, and my iChat prefs being reset. I am still having troubles with my iCal calendars.



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10.3: iTunes issue caused by File Vault and low disk space
Authored by: gpenston on Nov 10, '03 04:10:26PM

This sounds somewhat similar to the experience I was having when permissions were all whacked out when I migrated one of my Macs to another. I know many that speak highly of CCC functionality, but I would just suggest double-checking that you can get to these preferences in your newly rebuilt system. If you can only get to the folder, then your preferences have wrong permissions set.



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10.3: iTunes issue caused by File Vault and low disk space
Authored by: TvE on Nov 10, '03 04:58:42PM

10.3.1 was released today - one feature that's updated is FileVault - it't could be interestign to hear IF the bugs mentioned is reproducable on 10.3.1



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10.3: iTunes issue caused by File Vault and low disk space
Authored by: robg on Nov 10, '03 07:40:02PM

Hmm, who's brave enough to test it? :)

-rob.



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10.3: iTunes issue caused by File Vault and low disk space
Authored by: mwiget on Nov 12, '03 12:36:05PM

I was using Vault on my home directory with a few GB of data and run into more and more issues as mentioned already (iTunes library corrupted, iPhoto library corrupted, .viminfo file corrupted and even the keyfile filled with garbage from iTunes), I also couldn't use airport extreme anymore. The upgrade to the latest didn't help. So I wanted to disable fileVault and after about 2 hours, fileVault complained that the verification failed and put me back to the encrypted fileVault. Well, I took another backup onto a firewire drive, deleted most of my home directory and ran the disable of Vault, this time in less than 2 minutes ... and successfully. I copied back my home directory and fixed the broken files and do run fine now for a full day, without fileVault.
Maybe the data was already broken before the latest OS/X update, but I stay away for a while of trying it again.



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