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1176 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 20, 2012 1:10 AM by mircomachine RSS
mircomachine Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jun 16, 2012 12:44 AM



somehow my lion server crashed on tuesday. since this incident i'm having a problem with some time machine backup-logs in the system log. i am not able to read and understand what's wrong, but i can see that there is obviously a problem with something. can anybody help me with my logs?


Jun 16 09:18:22 ic2mac[12211]: Starting standard backup

Jun 16 09:18:22 ic2mac[12211]: Backing up to: /Volumes/TM Backup/Backups.backupdb

Jun 16 09:19:40 ic2mac ServerBackup[12212]: Error in calling backup command for service postgresql, error :=69

Jun 16 09:19:41 ic2mac ServerBackup[12212]: SRC := /etc/apache2/

          DST := /.ServerBackups/webServer

Jun 16 09:19:41 ic2mac ServerBackup[12212]: SRC := /etc/certificates/

          DST := /.ServerBackups/webServer

Jun 16 09:19:46 ic2mac bootpd[186]: service time 0.000005 seconds

Jun 16 09:19:46 ic2mac bootpd[186]: service time 0.000001 seconds

Jun 16 09:19:47 ic2mac bootpd[186]: service time 0.000007 seconds

Jun 16 09:19:49 ic2mac bootpd[186]: service time 0.000005 seconds

Jun 16 09:19:49 ic2mac[12211]: 572.6 MB required (including padding), 153.56 GB available

Jun 16 09:19:55 ic2mac[12211]: Copied 950 files (2.7 MB) from volume OS X.

Jun 16 09:19:55 ic2mac[12211]: 568.9 MB required (including padding), 153.56 GB available

Jun 16 09:19:56 ic2mac[12211]: Copied 130 files (33 bytes) from volume OS X.

Jun 16 09:19:57 ic2mac fseventsd[47]: Logging disabled completely for device:1: /Volumes/Boot OS X

Jun 16 09:19:57 ic2mac[12211]: Could not backup up Lion Recovery to /Volumes/TM Backup/Backups.backupdb: Error Domain=NSCocoaErrorDomain Code=0 "Unable to mount recovery partition" UserInfo=0x1071171e0 {NSLocalizedDescription=Unable to mount recovery partition}

Jun 16 09:19:57 ic2mac Finder[275]: ISGetIconFamilyFromStorage: seed mismatch for 22630017, actual seed is 6b68079a

Jun 16 09:19:57 ic2mac Finder[275]: ISGetIconFamilyFromStorage: seed mismatch for 22330018, actual seed is 4e6afb66

Jun 16 09:19:57 ic2mac Finder[275]: ISGetIconFamilyFromStorage: seed mismatch for 279f0019, actual seed is 25e45d32

Jun 16 09:19:57 ic2mac mds[117]: (Error) Volume: Could not find requested backup type:2 for volume

Jun 16 09:19:58 ic2mac[12211]: Starting post-backup thinning

Jun 16 09:19:58 ic2mac[12211]: No post-back up thinning needed: no expired backups exist

Jun 16 09:19:58 ic2mac[12211]: Backup completed successfully.


though i find it confusing that in the end backups are completed successfully!?

maybe anybody has a clew what the messages in the posted log is about...

thanks in advance for your help!

Mac OS X (10.7.4), server
  • DeepYogurt Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Aug 18, 2012 10:48 AM (in response to mircomachine)

    I thnk I can take a guess at the error about being unable to mount Recovery partition - because there isn't one or it's got a problem. Note that on a RAID volume the recovery parition is not created when Lion was installed (see the explanation at for more details).


    Are you using RAID volumes for your LION boot volume?


    I have a MacPro that I just updated to Lion a few days ago that had a RAID as the boot volume and just started to use TimeMachine on it. The last step in the backup phases seems to be an attempt to backup the recovery partition - but if there isn't one or it has a problem I get this error just like you did.


    In any event it appears that all your backups are working except for the Recovery partition part (but without seeing your entire console log it's hard to say for sure) - have you verified things are OK in TimeMachine by trying to restore a test file or perhaps even better a test file from every volume that gets backed up if you have multiple volumes?


    Creating a recovery partition can be done before installing Lion on a RAID - see and for more info. I have not done it yet so can't speak from experience, but I intend to look into it right away.


    As for the Finder: ISGetIconFamilyFromStorage... errors I've no idea really. But does Finder crash? But you don't mention that it does or doesn't. Another thing to check is to see if this error is always in the same spot relative to the backups - in other words is it a byproduct of doing backups or some other random error that just happened to appear in the middle of the backup messages in your log?


    If it's not related to the backups, try logging in as a different user to see if it's specific to the user or happens on everyone. If it doesn't occur with another user, I would suspect a problematic preferences file (the Finder's perhaps) - so you might try removing the existing one and Finder will create another one. If you've made a bunch of Finder preference changes you might want to make a note of what you've changed so you can redo them after the old preferences file is removed - and you've got to either restart Finder or reboot so that Finder will create a new default preferences file.


    Good luck and let us know more if you can.



  • DeepYogurt Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Aug 18, 2012 11:03 AM (in response to DeepYogurt)

    I should have read the description more completely about creating the recovery partition - you can't do it on the RAID volume at all - the requirements for the article say you need to have an existing Lion or Mountain Lion startup volume with an existing Recovery partition, which can't be the case if you've got Lion (or Mountain Lion too I guess) installed on the RAID volume. So just guessing here, but it would seem that the Recovery partition not beeing a part of the boot volume is the problem which can't be gotten around - and will always cause the recovery error message duing the Time Machine backups.


    However, to have the ability to recover the system would probably mean another disk that has a spare copy of Lion and it's own recovery partition, so that if you need to you have it available.


    I'm not sure about this but I think that Time Machine keeps all of the information it needs in the volume that contains the Time Machine backups - so that if you need to restore from it you can do it from another Lion boot volume or it's associated recovery partition. But you should probably verify this by seeing what a Time Machine expert says or trying yourself with that spare Lion boot on another disk.


    Good luck...




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