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Repeating error message in system.log file

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c_m_miller Calculating status...
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Jul 6, 2013 2:32 PM

I have an original macbook air (2008).  A few months ago, it started performing VERY slowly and I've noticed a series of error messages in the system.log file that repeat every 3 seconds.  They are:


date time macname kernel[0]:

date time macname[1] ([#]: Exited with exit code 1

date time macname[1] ( Throttling respawn:  Will start in 3 seconds

date time macname kernel[0]:

date time macname rpc.statd[#]: can't read status file header: -1 Input/output error


These message repeat forever.  I have run the "repair permissions" process twice thinking there may be a permissions issue with the "status file header".  Also, this mac was given to me as a gift some time ago.  I don't have the original install CDs.  While it's underpowered these days, it's just fine for basic browsing and checking mail.  Any ideas on what steps I should take next?  Thanks in advance for any help.



MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,985 points)
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    Jul 6, 2013 3:10 PM (in response to c_m_miller)

    As far as I can piece it out, is a process which is meant to pass notification of a crash. It's crashing itself, and hence is being rebooted, and so on. There is a technical description of this here, though it's not really going to help you much (and it's over my head).



    Frankly I think you are going to need to do a complete reinstall. You can probably get the install disks (which should have been included with the Mac) for a nominal fee by ringing the Apple Store at the number given at bottom left of this page and quoting the serial number of your Mac. Then do a complete reinstall of the system.

  • Roger Wilmut1 Level 9 Level 9 (63,985 points)
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    Jul 9, 2013 11:35 PM (in response to c_m_miller)

    I suspect it's actually looking for the header within, but all this is outside my experience.

  • andyBall_uk Level 6 Level 6 (17,470 points)
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    Jul 10, 2013 4:05 AM (in response to c_m_miller)

    I'd think, from the 'Input/output error', that the drive is giving trouble. After backing up, disk utility - verify disk - might show something, but you'd need to boot from another drive (perhaps a bootable clone, if the backup works properly) to try repair.


    a 2008 air would have come with 10.5 at latest, so a retail 10.6 disk should be usable too, albeit there's no hardware test or ilife


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