Slow login with all accounts apart from root


My imac 400/256 has been running osx for a few months perfectly. Now, it takes about 2 minutes to log in with any account whether it's admin or user. I've tried making new accounts, but they're the same. Strangely the root account is fine - takes 10-15 seconds for the dock to appear.

9.1 works fine. I've tried resetting pram, and fsck, but it's still the same. I don't really want to have to reinstall.

Justin C Walker

Are your accounts using network home directories, or do your default shell profiles (like .cshrc or .login) do some kind of network operation?

One explanation for the 2-minute timeout is DNS. If you're on a 'private' network (addresses 10.x.x.x, 172.x.x.x or 192.168.x.x), or if you're on a host whose address isn't in DNS, and you're trying to contact a remote host during login, you could be waiting for a DNS timeout on whatever service you're using.

Something to try to verify this is, once you're logged in, ftp or telnet to a known host somewhere that you should be able to access. If you have the same kind of delay, this could be the problem.

It's a shot in the dark.